A week before playing the first leg of the Colombia Cup, Junior de Barranquilla and Millonarios met at the Roberto Meléndez Metropolitan Stadium and the people of Bogota stayed with the 0-1 victory in a game valid for the thirteenth day of the BetPlay League. Those led by Alberto Gamero remain leaders of the championship and are getting closer to the classification, while the locals are out of the eight.
Intense first half in Barranquilla
The game started with great intensity and after 2 minutes the locals already generated the first scoring opportunity. After a great association play, Fabian Sambueza took an open shot that Juan Moreno saved, leaving a rebound which was used by Carlos Bacca, who settled in and took a weak shot that Omar Bertel was able to reject on the line.
Minutes later, the first clear option for Millonarios arrived. Carlos Andrés Gómez received a long ball from the right, entered the area and took a powerful shot that Sebastián Viera saved with his fists sending the ball to the corner kick. The game was even and although there was no clear dominator, possession of the ball was for Junior. The ’11’ had another chance with a shot that went wide.
At minute 31, the central judge decreed a penalty in favor of Junior de Barranquilla after a handball inside the area by Omar Bertel after a cross from the right by Walmer Pacheco. Before payment, the referee reviewed the VAR and dismissed the play since the left back of the Bogota team had been arm-wrestling following his mark.
In added time, those led by Julio Comesaña had the opportunity to open the scoring at the Metropolitano stadium. Carlo Bacca received a ball in three quarters of the field and advanced to the edge of the area, leaving several rivals behind. The striker took a creeping shot that Juan Moreno saved with his foot. The reaction of the visitors was instantaneous when on the following play Israel Alba took a long-range shot that Sebastián Viera saved, sending the ball to the corner.
Jader Valencia gives victory to Millonarios
For the second half, Millonarios came out much better and with a different intention, while Junior from Barranquilla held on in defense and stayed on defense neutralizing the intensity of his opponent. Carlos Andrés Gómez, one of the most active in the attacking front of the visitors, had another scoring opportunity with a shot inside the area that passed near the rival goal.
At minute 71, the Ambassadors again created danger, but this time at the feet of Daniel Ruiz. The ’10’ won a rebound in three quarters of the field and took a shot with more placement than power that made the Uruguayan goalkeeper fly who sent the ball to the side. It was difficult for the Barranquilleros to play clearly from midfield to the front due to the solid defensive block that the visitors put up.
In the last minutes of the match, the match was played at Junior de Barranquilla’s field. Millionaires was the one who proposed while the Sharks waited behind and sought to take advantage of the spaces left by their rival, however, he was ineffective in the final meters.
In addition time, those led by Alberto Gamero were left with the victory. Carlos Andrés Gómez received a ball in the middle of the field, advanced to the area and took a shot that Sebastián Viera saved, leaving a rebound, which was used by Jader Valencia who scored with the goal alone. In principle, the play was annulled for being out of place, however, after the VAR review, the annotation was validated.
With this result, Millionaires remains leader of the BetPlay League with 27 points after eight wins, three draws and one loss, while Junior de Barranquilla is fourteenth with 15 units. Next week both teams will meet at the Metropolitano for the first leg of the grand final of the Copa Colombia.
Edwuin Cetre (56′, Fabian Sambueza), Yesus Cabrera (70′, Daniel Giraldo), Omar Albornoz (70′, John Pajoy), Daniel Catano (79′, David Silva), Jader Valencia (83′, Daniel Ruiz), Diego Herazo (83′, Luis Carlos Ruiz), Carmel Valencia (88′, Carlos Bacca), Yeison Gordillo (88′, Luis Gonzalez)
0-1, 93′: Jader Valencia
Referee: Eder Enrique Vergara Lora
VAR Referee: Ricardo Andrés García Becerra, Liz Mair Suárez Tejada
Walmer Pacheco (65′, Yellow) Daniel Giraldo (66′, Yellow) Cesar Haydar (87′, Yellow) Hinestroza (89′, Yellow)