This Saturday, March 11, at the Atanasio Girardot stadium in Medellín, Atlético Nacional and Millonarios faced each other for date 8 of the Betplay League. The blues traveled to the capital of Antioquia with a mixed roster, prioritizing the match they will have next Wednesday against Atlético Mineiro in Brazil for the Copa Libertadores de América.
Knowing that the blues came with substitutes, the great favorite to win this game was Atlético Nacional. However, on the field everything was very even. From the beginning it was seen that it would be a two-way game, in which even, for many moments, Millonarios looked closer to the goal than the local team.
And that’s how it was throughout the first half, a closely fought game in the middle, in which it didn’t seem like the visiting team was playing with substitutes, while Nacional couldn’t find clarity to open the scoring. Little by little the local fans began to despair and Millonarios became much more established in the game.
In the second part the party did not change practically nothing. Millonarios imposed their high pressure trying to play near Nacional’s area, while the purslane struggled to take possession of the ball and get closer to Álvaro Montero’s goal. Something that didn’t happen for much of the engagement.
In the last minutes of the game, Atlético Nacional tried to turn their entire team into attack, seeking to keep the three points. However, the defense of the Blues began to defend the result with more force. It seemed impossible for a goal to appear in the duel between green and blue.
The game ended tied, without goals and with very few emotions. However, the result is much better for Millonarios considering that he was playing as a visitor and that he left his starting players resting in Bogotá thinking about the Copa Libertadores match.
Despite the result, the purslane reached 13 points, which allows them to reach the leader of the championship, América de Cali. However, the reds have two games less and next Tuesday they will play for date eight against Independiente Santa Fe at the Nemesio Camacho El Campín stadium in Bogotá.
Millonarios, for his part, reached fifth place in the standings with 10 points, but with three pending games to play. So the blues are one of the teams with the best performance so far in the Colombian league.
Millionaires will return to the capital of the republic at night and will travel early this Sunday to Brazilian territory, to prepare for their Copa Libertadores game next Wednesday against Atlético Mineiro. If they win, the ambassadors will enter the group stage and secure three million dollars for their coffers. If they are eliminated, they will play the group stage of the Copa Sudamericana, where Independiente Santa Fe and Deportes Tolima have already qualified.
For their part, the purslane will have to face Deportivo Pereira in the capital of Risaralda on the next date of the Betplay League. Nacional, faced Matecañas a few weeks ago at the end of the Super League, when those led by Paulo Autuori lifted the title corresponding to the confrontation between the two 2022 champions.