Junior beat Santa Fe 2-1 in the first leg of the round of 16 of the Copa Colombia 2022, in a match played at the Roberto Meléndez stadium, in Barranquilla.
Santa Fe proposed from the first few minutes, he didn’t want to speculate or hope that those led by Juan Cruz Real would take center stage.
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Junior’s first goal, marked by controversy
However, in the 7th minute, in a controversial move in which Fabián Sambueza fouled Andrey Estupiñán. The central judge, Héctor Rivera, did not sanction the attack and in that play, Miguel Ángel Borja made it 1-0. It is worth remembering that in this instance of the Cup there is no VAR.
Santa Fe didn’t give up, but they were messed up in defense and Junior attacked with his forwards, but they didn’t decide to extend the advantage.
When the first half fell, Wálmer Pacheco committed a child penalty and, at 45+3′, Argentine Fernando Coniglio equalized from the white point. 1-1, which was a grand prize for Santa Fe.
In the second half, the visitors gained confidence and played one on one, with arguments to take the tie from Barranquilla.
However, Junior is the top scorer, and in the 87th minute Fernando Uribe appeared to recover the rebound from goalkeeper José Silva, to make it 2-1 for the locals.
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In added time, referee Héctor Rivera scored a penalty for Junior, for lack of goalkeeper José Johan Silva. Ómar Albornoz missed the penalty and left the series open for the second stage, in Bogotá.
The game left two casualties for Santa Fe: one, winger Dairon Mosquera, who was being examined for a possible fracture to his face from a head-to-head confrontation with a rival, and the second, midfielder Carlos Sánchez, who was taken off for a mild muscle problem
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