Friday, April 10, 2015

Argentina? - Colombia!

When you are the record champion and the defending champion of your country, there is not much doubt that you are a good football club. A club like that exists in the second largest town of Colombia, Medellín: Atlético Nacional. At the beginning of last night they were in third spot of group 7, now they are in first. What happened? A surprising away win at Argentinian favorite Estudiantes.


Yulián Mejía was the man of the match, as he was the one who broke the draw in the 37th minute of the game. A shot that took an ugly deflection off the defender and bounced over goalkeeper Hilario Navarro. You can see the goal on the video that is linked below.

You can not really say that Atlético Nacional was the clearly better team. In fact they got outshot 5-14 by Estudiantes, but this is what happens if you use none of your chances. For example, striker Guido Carillo gave it all he had, but even his six attempts would not be enough to start a comeback against the Colombians.

What does this result mean ahead of the last matchday? First we should take a look at the other game that took place in group 7. Paraguay’s Libertad came from behind against Ecuador’s Barcelona SC to manage a 1-1 draw. This puts Libertad level on points (8) with Atlético Nacional and into second place, one ahead of Estudiantes. Barcelona meanwhile is out.

But here comes the positive side for all Argentinian fans out there: On the sixth and final matchday, Atlético Nacional host Libertad. Regardless of what happens in that game, all Estudiantes has to do is win their own game in Ecuador, and they will advance. Everyone has their fate in their own hands, how could the last week be any more exciting than this?


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