Presented in associations with Colo Futbol
Week Ten of the Liga Postobon Apertura season served up some surprises and we have new leaders at the top of Colombian championship.
- Nacional finally tasted defeat away to Tolima
- Junior made a comeback at home to Itagüí
- Cali’s Vladimir Marin bags a triple against Quindio to put Cali in second
- Pasto were held at Envigado
- and much, much more…
Saturday 13th April
Deportes Tolima 4 (Monsalvo 15, 20, Rodas 27, Otalvaro 42)
Atletico Nacional 0
Nacional travelled to Tolima undefeated this season and after experiencing the first half from hell, came away with a heavy 4-0 drubbing. The first goal came on 15 minutes, Jimmy Chara was put through on goal which pulled a great save from Nacional ‘keeper Luis Martínez. Unfortunately for Martínez, the ball fell to Charles Monsalvo to blast home.
The lead was doubled five minutes later as Nacional started to self-destruct. Monsalvo was pressurizing Oscar Murillo and stole the ball, outpaced the defender and smashed another goal past Martínez. Óscar Rodas had only been on the pitch three minutes after replacing Rogerio Leichtweis before he made it 3-0. Some good work From Chara placed Rodas on the edge of the box to place the ball in the corner of the goal.
The fourth and final goal was courtesy of Tolima right-back Sergio Otalvaro just before the break. Otalvaro sprinted down the right and progressed into the penalty area, and after a quick one-two with Rodas, he hit a powerful diagonal shot that gave Martínez no chance.
It was a disappointing night for Nacional, especially after spirits were running high after a midweek Copa Colombia win over Rionegro that saw returning striker Jefferson Duque hit a hat-trick.
Envigado 1 (Delgado 85)
Deportivo Pasto 1 (Montano 70)
Envigado grabbed a vital point from high-flying Pasto, but they left it late. The home team were unlucky to concede the goal that put them behind on 70 minutes. John Jairo Montaño hit a free-kick from THIRTY metres out and shot for goal, only to hit a defender and deflect past Victor Hugo Soto into the net. The equaliser was finally scored by Ricardo Delgado five minutes from time. After a goal mouth scramble which saw Pasto goalkeeper Lucero Álvarez stranded from goal, the ball fell to Delgado for an overhead kick past three players on the line to save the game for the visitors. The Envigado officials were obviously not happy with the draw as head coach Pedro Sarmiento was sacked on Monday morning.
Santa Fe 1 (Torres 3OG)
A packed Estadio El Campín saw the return match from last week settled after just three minutes with an unfortunate own goal from Panama international defender Román Torres. After a defensive error by Jarol Martinez, tried to spray a pass across the pitch in his own half, but the ball was cut out by Omar Pérez. Pérez hit the ball into the area and Torres intercepted the ball from going to Cristian Borja but sadly for him, he stroked it past his own goalkeeper Róbinson Zapata. Santa Fe were reduced to ten-men in the 67th minute when Juan Daniel Roa received his second yellow card. Substitute Jorge Perlaza had a glorious chance to grab a point for his team in injury time but blazed his header straight at goalkeeper Camilo Vargas.
Santa Fe are now placed atop of the table on 20 points, two ahead of Pasto while Millonarios dropped to fourth three points behind.
La Equidad 4 (Morelo 17, 49, Nájera 30, Galain 43)
Atletico Huila 0
Two goals from Wilson Morelo set up La Equidad for an outstanding four goal win over Atletico Huila in a game that was really over at half-time. José Nájera and Martín Galain scored the other two. Both teams sit in mid-table but Huila have a game in hand. The result ended the reign of Álvaro de Jesús Gómez at Huila on Monday, as he was dismissed by the club sitting in fourteenth in the standings.
Junior 3 (Toloza 40P, 45+3, Amaya 61)
Itagüí 2 (Aguirre 6, Correa 21P)
Itagüí started the day at the summit of the league but have now dropped to third after letting a two goal advantage slip away to Junior. Itagüí lead after six minutes, Yesid Mena dribbled into entered the penalty area and Jorge Aguirre was waiting in the box to slide the ball past Sebastian Viera. The visitors gained a two goal advantage on 21 minutes with a penalty being awarded when Samuel Vanegas missed his slide tackle on Aguirre. Felipe Correa converted the spot kick with no problem.
Junior were given a lifeline just before half-time which reinvigorated their game. Correa brought down Edinson Toloza and he Toloza stepped up and sent the goalkeeper the wrong way. Junior pressed until half time and Toloza got his sixth goal of the season. Edwin Cardona floated in a free-kick from the right and the ball fell behind Toloza who spun around and fire the shot down the middle of the goal to level the scores. The winning goal came just after the hour, again from a set-piece. This time from the left, Cardona swung the ball in and goalkeeper Julián Mesa missed the ball completely and defender Diego Amaya hit the ball into the empty goal, the comeback was complete.
Junior had more chances and Itagüí fought to get a draw but to no avail and the hosts finished the game with ten men after captain Javier Restrepo was given his marching orders.
Sunday 14th April
Once Caldas 2 (Garcia 10P, Romero 45)
Boyacá Chico 2 (Solano 8, Mahecha 12)
Once Caldas were forunate to grab a point against Chico, when a win for Caldas may have moved them up to second place in the league. Chico were straight out the blocks and Juan Solano scored a wonderful goal after eight minutes of play. Solano tried his luck from around 20 metres out and the shot was hit perfectly dipping over Caldas goalkeeper Jose Fernando Cuadrado. The lead did not last, in fact just two minutes, after the home team were awarded a weak penalty which defender Gilberto ‘Alcatraz’ Garcia stepped up and planted in the net. Two minutes after that, Chico were ahead again, this time at the hands of Juan Machecha latching onto a rebound just inside the box. Chico held on until just before the break, Sergio Romero being in the right place at the right time after Hector Landazuri had pulled off a good save.
Deportivo Cali 4 (Marin 3, 7, 23P, Lizarazo 65)
Deportes Quindío 0
An impressive 23 minute treble from 33 year-old left midfielder Vladimir Marin fired Deportivo Cali up to second in the Championship and moved them right into the Apertura title picture. They finally ran out 4-0 winners over Quindio who are still rooted to the bottom of the table. Marin’s first strike was a great hit from the edge of the box on the volley after forcing his way into the box. The second was a tremendous free-kick that gave Julian Viáfara no chance of stopping. Cali won a spot-kick in the 22nd minute after Andres Escobar was felled by Cristian Peña, a foul that got Peña substituted immediately by manager Eduardo Cruz. Marin scored the third from the spot hitting the ball straight down the middle. It certainly was not Quindio’s night when Andre Vieira was dismissed after just 35 minutes. The final nail in the coffin for the visitors was scored by attacking midfielder Carlos Lizarazo with an excellent low drive.
Medellín 1 (Cano 6)
Cucuta Deportivo 1 (Mendoza 57)
Medellín continued their poor part to the season despite taking the lead at home to ninth placed Cucuta, but unfortunately they ended the game with ten-men after Daniel Bocanegra recieved a second yellow card just after an hour. The hosts took a quick lead with striker Germán Cano tapped home after some great link up play from the midfield. Cucuta substitute Stiven Mendoza clinched a point with a 57th minute tapping in a rebound off the crossbar from a Dario Bustos free-kick.
Monday 15th April
Patriotas Boyacá 0
Alianza Petrolera 0
Second from bottom, Patriotas are still looking for their first win, now ten games into the season, they also have not scored a goal now in 361 minutes of football. Petrolera are slightly better in the league positioned in 16th on nine points
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