Nacional made the breakthrough against Pereira and was a finalist in the BetPlay Cup

Nacional made the breakthrough against Pereira and was a finalist in the BetPlay Cup

Betplay Cup

After the aggregate of 3-3, the purslane team became strong in penalties and will play in the grand final.

Atlético Nacional vs Pereira Copa BetPlay
Photo: Jaiver Nieto | PERIOD


Andres Rocha Florez

November 02, 2023, 05:10 pm m.

Atlético Nacional welcomes Deportivo Pereira at the Polideportivo Sur stadium in Envigado and the team led by Jhon Bodmer has the obligation to overcome a 2-0 result they suffered in the territory of ‘Matecaña’. In the end, purslane came back and ended up qualifying for the final after winning on penalties 5-4, with a giant Kevin Mier.

Despite the difficulty of the result, at the beginning of the game Nacional showed its hierarchy and managed to tie the series in just 45 minutes, dreaming of qualifying for the grand final of the BetPlay Cup 2023.

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Football curiosities

Although the start of the game was relatively balanced for both teams, the intensity of Nacional was constant and in the 35th minute they scored the first goal of the afternoon through scorer Jefferson Duque, who with a header managed to beat of goalkeeper Aldair Quintana.

After the goal, Nacional went all out for the second goal and at the end of the first half, they took advantage of the fact that Pereira was playing, managing to achieve another goal with a quick attack. After an assist from Jefferson Duque, Eric Ramírez took charge of the scoring with an empty net goal, although he had a slight suspension after Juan Quintero tried to push it away from the goal line.

With 2-0 in their favour, Nacional went into half-time with the series tied and hopes of a breakthrough, though in the second half Pereira didn’t make it easy for them.

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In just 14 minutes of added time, Pereira gave the South Sports Center a surprise and Adrián Balboa was the one to score from the floor against Kevin Mier. The player from Mateca took advantage of a good assist from Yeison Suárez and was able to score for 2-1 partially leaving them with qualification in the end by 3-2 aggregate.

However, Nacional was injured and did not stop, scoring the third goal in the 75th minute to put the game at 3-1 (3-3 on aggregate). Jefferson Duque reappears to explain another headbutt, which is a registered trademark.

As the minutes passed, the two teams continued the result and ended up deciding everything from the penalty spot.

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The one who started to kick the definition was Dorlan Pabón, who had the ability to finish against Aldair Quintana, giving Nacional the first advantage, but Carlos Ramírez also scored for Pereira and made it clear that they would not give even what

The definition continued and one of the key charges was made by Kevin Mier, who was surprised to be the third attacker and had no problems making it a goal, although that did not shake Pereira, because it was also effective he and the two did not miss. their first four penalties. .

In the end, the final charge was decisive and Kevin Mier was able to tie Bocanegra, thus ending the series in favor of Nacional who will be a finalist for the 2023 BetPlay Cup.