Cornered by poor results, Independiente Santa Fe is playing a place in the groups of the Copa Sudamericana 2023 against the revelation team of the Colombian tournament, Águilas Doradas.
The ticket will be defined in a single match scheduled for this Wednesday at 7:00 pm at the Atanasio Girardot Stadium in Medellín (northwest).where Águilas will be local before the veto of Conmebol to its usual stage, the Alberto Grisales of the neighboring city of Rionegro, for “lighting issues”.
Minute by minute
Founded in 2008 and promoted to the first division three years later, the ‘Equipo Joven’ from Antioquia entered the Sudamericana for the sixth time for being one of the most consistent teams in the Colombian league last year.
This season he is third in the table and the press has hung the label of “revelation” on him.
“Águilas is having one of the best starts in recent years, but when the semester ends we hope to be able to evaluate objectively (…). Approximately 75% of the tournament is missing, so it is still early to talk about revelations ”, qualified the coach, Lucas González (41 years old), in recent statements to the press.
A very different moment lives the capital painting. The 2015 South American champion occupies box 17 of the Apertura and the fans lose patience with coach Harold Rivera.
There is no tomorrow for the reds
After losing 3-2 in his weekend visit to Envigado, Rivera set his sights on the international tournament.
“There is no other choice but to raise our heads to win on Wednesday against Águilas,” the questioned coach of the Red Express told the press.
At his command is a mixture of experienced players such as attacker Hugo Rodallega (37 years old), with a past in Wigan and Fulham in England, and youngsters such as defensive midfielder Jhojan Torres (18 years old), a member of the Colombia U-20 team. that will be in the World Cup of the category.
The Argentine Fabián Sambueza will have the responsibility of creating the game starting from the right wing.
“One more step”
After several seasons with good figures in the local tournament, Águilas hopes to take “one more step” in 2023.
“That means reaching the final in one of the four tournaments we face… You have to have your feet on the ground, in the South American the first thing is to get into the group stage. We must play a good game to meet that goal,” coach González told the newspaper El Colombiano.
His main offensive card is the attacker Marco Pérez, with a past in Independiente in Argentina and Zaragoza in Spain.
Local on paper, the Youth Team does not have a large fan base and it is possible that the visiting fans are the majority in the Atanasio Girardot rostrum.
Golden Eagles: Jose Contreras; Mateo Puerta, Jeisson Quiñones, Jean Pestaña, Yhorman Hurtado; Jean Pineda, Kevin Castano; Johan Caballero, Jesus Rivas, Alex Castro; Mark Perez. DT: Lucas González.
holy Faith: Jose Silva; Kevin Mantilla, Marlon Torres, Julián Millán; Fabián Viáfara, Jhojan Torres, Iván Rojas, Dairon Mosquera; José Enamorado, Wilson Morelo, Fabián Sambueza DT: Harold Rivera.
*With information from AFP.