He arrived to reinforce Independiente Santa Fe from Tolima, with whom he only scored two goals in 12 games in the first half of this year. Today he is one of the main protagonists of the great campaign carried out by the ‘Cardinal’ painting
Up to date 9 of League II- 2019, he had not been able to celebrate a single goal. But from day 10, when he scored the goal of the 1-0 win over Millionaires, the 29-year-old striker entered into a positive dynamic scoring vital goals that have been key for the Harold Rivera team to have remained undefeated for 13 days.
Balanta scored seven goals in six of those 13 games, as he made a double in the classic. He was not summoned by a physical nuisance in the match against Nacional, dated 20, so he has three consecutive goals in his account: two against Millionaires and one against America.
Of the 7 goals scored, three were home and four as a visitor; three in the early stages and four in the second half. In addition, it takes four assists.
These were the rivals who suffered from the forcefulness of Balanta:
1. September 7: Millionaires goal for 1-0 victory
2. September 14: goal to Once Caldas, in Manizales for the 0-1 victory
3. September 28: goal to Jaguares, in Monteria, was 0-2 in the 0-3 victory, on date 13.
4. October 3: Bucaramanga goal in the 2-0 victory in Bogota. It was the second goal 'cardinal'.
5 and 6. October 23: two goals to Millionaires in the 2-4 win of date 19. They were the first two red goals.
7. November 9: a goal in the 2-1 victory against America in Bogota, on the first date of the home runs.
The best streak
Balanta had not been until now a scorer as he has been showing with Santa Fe. His first great team was the Junior, in which he played two and a half seasons, but without much continuity: they were 39 games and a single goal.
For comparison, just look at Balanta's latest campaigns with Tolima, Alianza Petrolera and Bucaramanga:
In the first half of this year he was with Tolima, with whom he only scored two goals in 12 games. He had no continuity in the Gamero team.
In 2018 he played with Alianza Petrolera 28 games and scored five goals. In 2017 there were 3 goals in 22 games with the Cortulua shirt.
Between 2015 and 2016 he played with Bucaramanga: he had 58 games and scored eight goals.