Santa Fe he could not translate into the scoreboard the advantage he had on the pitch for 78 minutes, in the first leg of the League semi-final against Capital. He ended up in a draw in Techo and will have to break the standings next weekend in El Campín.
Santa Fe had the opportunity not only to finish the first stage of the semi-final with a lead, but also with a large goal difference. Goalkeeper Diego Novoa, key to keeping Equidad alive before the league final, prevented this.
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The Reds took the lead very early: the clock was not yet three minutes away when Fabián Sambuez’s shot was headed by Jorge Luis Ramos, who was ready to leave the ball and leave Diego Novoa’s Jhon Velásquez ahead of goal.
The “10” Santa Fe did not score in the entire phase against everyone, and even ended up on the bench at one point after DT Hárold Rivera changed position. Now he has become a key player in the “cardinal” system in the final, with two goals against Deportivo Pasto in the quarter-final rematch and one more in the semi-final.
Equidad certainly had to change the scenario 0-1 against. Reaching Leandro Castellanos’ goal took a lot of work and it could have increased the advantage.
Novoa, who is having a brilliant moment, avoided it by firing mid-range shots like a shot from far away from the Sambuez, and also responding in the area as if he wanted to say the present and think about the future as an option to play for the squad Carlos Queiroz called him already in the microcycle.
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The history of Colombian football says that nothing is easy for Santa Fe. And when he needed to get a bigger advantage came a game that made fans chew their nails and hurt, VAR with: Sambuez went to fight for the ball in a scratch and stepped on John Édison García.
He was condemned by his predecessors. Judge Bismarks Santiago confirmed this after looking at the screen and various camera shots at Techo. Red card in the 72nd minute and take care.
Video arbitration could also leave Equidad 10. But referee Santiago decided Joan Castro’s elbow to Velásquez was accidental and left him on the field.
Equality did not get the best out of this man. Until the 89th minute, when Pablo Sabbag took advantage of the rebound from Castellanos after a shot by Matías Mier. The match lasted three minutes while VAR did a review of the Uruguayan’s position when he kicked. It turned out to be legal and thanks to this Alexis García’s team managed to win the draw.
Santa Fe, the best place in the league, will have the opportunity to progress to the new final in El Campín. Perhaps he deserved more than 1-1, but in this case football is not about merit, it’s about goals and Novoa avoided them.
Jose Orlando Ascencio
Deputy editor for sports