Sunday, October 1, 2023

Once Caldas saves a golden point in Santa Marta

From less to more! Unión Magdalena and Once Caldas separated by one goal in the direct duel for relegation. Roberto Hinojosa scored the first goal in the 71st minute and with five minutes left, Johar Mejía made it 1-1. This means that there are already three games in a row in which Unión has not won, they lost the classic by a landslide, they lost the day before against Águilas and now they are tied with Once Caldas.

The draw complicates the question of relegation as it involves two teams that need to add three to escape the dreaded ghost of B. The numbers in red chase the whirlwind that must start winning to avoid promotion to the second division in the final of the year. He is currently bottom of the table.

For the first time without ideas in the Sierra Nevada

The first half showed a discouraging picture in Santa Marta: two teams without ideas, disorganized and in distress. It wasn’t until the 32nd minute that the game had a real chance. Fainer Torijano gained position opposite the defender and launched a header towards the goal, which Bejarano was able to safely control. First and only option until this moment in the game.

Once Caldas had no problems in the game and Unión managed to win the ball back quickly. When they returned, Sarmiento’s team did so with a five-man defense and just one man up front, Dayro Moreno. However, it was a weak first half, without rhythm and very short due to fouls from both teams. Four yellow cards were shown in the first half, which affected the game.

The changes have paid off

When Unión arrived at game time, he had a short offensive action, starting the move with Gustavo Torres in the right sector and Ruyeri Blanco finishing with a rebound that was uncomfortable and without reference. Little by little the cyclone reached the Chaux Arc.

In the 71st minute, tension took over the game, Roberto Hinojosa put Unión Magdalena ahead on the scoreboard, but the VAR postponed his goal call for a few minutes. Millimeter pass into the space of “Caballo” Márquez in the left sector, a great move by Contreras, who won the position over Cuesta and Hinojosa, made Sierra Nevada celebrate. The lineman raised the flag for offside, the VAR checked the play and after a few minutes the center back missed the goal. The three players Harold Rivera signed up for the supplement took part in the game. Union was currently in the round of 16.

When it looked like it would be a win for the local team, Johar Mejía scored the equalizer from a Sherman Cárdenas corner. Bejarano made a mistake and Mejía finally headed into the goal without any touch, securing a golden point against a direct relegation rival. However, due to the draw, both teams were eliminated from the eight. At one point Caldas was in box 10 and Unión Magdalena was two below.


Jeffrey Trujillo (17′, Brayan Correa), Johar Mejia (45′, Luis Miranda), Roberto Hinojosa (57′, Cristian Sención), Ricardo Marquez (57′, Ruyery Blanco), Joel Contreras (58′, Daiver Vega), Yohan Cumana (70′, Jorge Cardona), Yeiler Valencia (70′, David Lemos), Sherman Cardenas (81′, Alvaro Montaño)


1-0, 71′: Roberto Hinojosa1-1, 84′: Johar Mejia


Referee: Andrés José Rojas Noguera
VAR referees: Yadir Fernando Acuña, Sebastián Vela Rodríguez
Jaider Riquett (2′,Yellow) Jorge Cardona (23′, yellow) Alejandro García (24′, yellow) White Ruyery (33′, yellow) Jeffrey Trujillo (57′, yellow) Gustavo Adolfo Torres (63′, yellow) Anthony Bedoya (81′, yellow) Fabian Cantillo (95′, yellow)


Classification PT PJ PG PE PP

10 15 12 4 3 5
11 15 11 4 3 4
12 15 12 3 6 3
13 14 12 3 5 4
14 13 11 3 4 4

Classification PT PJ PG PE PP

8th 16 12 4 4 4
9 16 12 4 4 4
10 15 12 4 3 5
11 15 11 4 3 4
12 15 12 3 6 3
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