Junior ties, passes first and finishes undefeated

Junior ties, passes first and finishes undefeated
Junior ties, passes first and finishes undefeated

Junior de Barranquilla needed a draw to be the leader of Group D of the Copa Libertadores and qualify first for the next round and that’s what he got. An equality against a difficult Botafogo, which in second place is also in the other phase. The game was tough for the locals, who, despite having the ball, could not score.

The match was even in the first half, but the visiting team settled on the field and put pressure on their rival in their own area. He did not tire of doing so against a Junior who responded with a block defensive system that in turn allowed him to regain possession of the ball.

At minute 21, Junior received a hard blow by losing one of his best players. Víctor Cantillo was injured due to a game action and had to leave the field of play. The midfielder left the field in tears and is now awaiting the medical report to find out if he will be able to play on the final date of the BetPlay League.

In the last minutes of the first half, Junior had some scares in his area, but he also had it with José Enamorado, who was the best player on Arturo Reyes’ team. In possession, Junior scored 48 and Botafogo 51.

Second half: Tie in the Metro

In the second half, the game was very similar to what was seen in the first. The two teams are very even, with options from side to side, with response from the goalkeepers and with friction in the middle of the field due to the desperation of scoring. At minute 60, Botafogo was left with 10 men after Diego Hernández was sent off for a foul on Enamorado.

Junior could not take advantage of the extra man or the advantage in space that the Brazilian team gave him. Those led by Arturo Reyes arrived, sometimes clearlybut they wasted the options created in Roberto Fernández’s goal.

From minute 70 to the end, the game slowed down, the approaches, the intensity and Junior resigned himself to the tie. He stopped fighting to reach the opposite goal and Botafogo took advantage of this passivity to finish the match at the Metropolitano calmly.

With this result, Junior from Barranquilla ratifies its classification to the second round, is the leader of its group with 10 points and a greater goal difference to that of Botafogo that also ended with the same units. The ‘sharks’ also finished the first phase undefeated.

Changes

Luis Gonzalez (23′, Víctor Cantillo), Marlon Freitas (55′, Tchê Tchê), Fabiano (55′, Yarlen), Luiz Henrique (67′, Óscar Romero), Steven Rodriguez (71′, Carlos Bacca), Vladimir Hernandez (71′, Déiber Caicedo), Matthew Ponte (77′, Hugo), Tiquinho Soares (77′, Junior Santos), Jhon Velez (86′, Homer Martínez), Roberto Hinojosa (86′, Luis González)

Cards

Referee: Jesús Valenzuela
VAR referee: Germán Delfino, Hernán Mastrángelo
Bastos (10′,Yellow), Edwin Herrera (18′, Yellow), Alexander Barboza (47′, Yellow), Diego Hernandez (60′,Red), Gabriel Fuentes (82′, Yellow), Howell Mena (87′, Yellow)

Classification
Group D P.T. P.J. P.G. PE PP
1 10 6 2 4 0
2 10 6 3 1 2
3 7 6 2 1 3
4 5 6 1 2 3
Group D P.T. P.J. P.G. PE PP
1 10 6 2 4 0
2 10 6 3 1 2
3 7 6 2 1 3
4 5 6 1 2 3
 
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