The purslane team beat Júnior 2-1 and awaits a rival between Tolima, Equidad and Medellín.
Nacional beat Júnior 2-1 and qualified for the final of Liga BetPlay 2022 I. The sharks were forced to win this Wednesday’s duel to dream of the mid-year star, but they could not maintain the advantage they achieved in the first minutes of the game.
Coach Hernán Darío Herrera came out with an offensive team. Dorlan Pabón, Jefferson Duque, and Daniel Mantilla were the attack weapons with which the purslane hoped to hit first. Juan Cruz Real’s Junior started the match with a private. They went out to wait for the premises and sought to do damage with a counterattack
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Júnior had the first clear option of the match at the feet of Miguel Borja, but Kevin Mier denied him the goal. The shark box continued to insist and in the 15th minute, Fredy Hinestroza managed a shot, which deflected off the arm of Emmanuel Olivera and silenced Atanasio Girardot.
After the goal, the ball was dominated by the local team. Pabón received a ball in the middle of the field and started a race to the final line. The right-winger lifted a cross that Jefferson Duque connected and Sebastián Viera could not do anything to stop it.
The locals were emboldened by the tie and looked for more. Davis Banguero came from the left on the edge of the shark area and sent a cross that John Duque headed, and put the local team ahead of the scoreboard. At that point, the game turned back and forth.
The second half was more closed. The control of the ball was distributed although the visitor was the most proactive. However, the paisa defense closed the spaces to the shark attack and they could not generate danger in the arch guarded by Mier.
In the added minutes, Hinestroza was sent off for an irresponsible tackle. In the discussions after the action, central defender Andrés Rojas took the red card from Nelson Palacios of the premises.
Nacional reached its first final since 2018 I season. The purslane team fell on penalties on that occasion against Tolima. The Barranquilla team could not return to the decisive stage. The last time he did it was in December 2019, when he fell against America.
Minutes before, Bucaramanga and Millonarios played, both eliminated, at the Alfonso López stadium. The leopards beat the ambassador box 2-1.
Group A was like this.
1. National with 11 points.
2. Junior 8 pts.
3. Millionaires 6 pts.
4. Bucaramanga 6 pts.
The other finalist is defined this Thursday. Tolima, which depends on itself, receives Envigado in Ibagué. Equidad and Medellín will play the other match pending what may happen with the piano.