It was a draw in Neiva, which did not benefit the local team as it was still in the relegation zone.
Atlético Huila tied 1-1 with Equidad on Monday, October 2, in a match on the 15th of the BetPlay II League. The result did not help Opitas, as they lost another opportunity to cut ground on the relegation table and their margin for error was exhausted.
However, a controversial action occurred at the end of the game, as a ball boy prevented Equidad from scoring the victory.
In the last game of the game, Johan Rojas, a safety midfielder who was called up to the Colombia Under-23 National Team for the Pan American Games in Santiago, arrived at the local area with a good chance to score.
However, a ball boy spoiled the game: he threw the ball into the field of play and prevented Rojas from kicking the goal. The referee Alexander Ospina blew his whistle at that moment.
After picking him up, Ospina dismissed the ball boy and resumed play with the dropped ball, amid loud protests from the La Equidad players.
“What they did was rude. We have to play against all these things, the penalty and now this,” Rojas told Win Sports +.
Already in the game, those led by Diego Corredor were in the lead until the 81st minute, when Joan Castro took advantage of a mistake in the local defense to tie the score at the Guillermo Plazas Alcid stadium.
Earlier, Huila took the lead in the 21st minute, when Brazilian Marcus Vinicius scored from a penalty after a disputed foul was committed against him.
The game was stopped after 15 minutes, when one of the lighting towers of the Guillermo Plazas Alcid stadium went down, and the start of the second period was delayed for the same reason.