The Deportivo Cali, directed by former Venezuelan coach Rafael Dudamel, was consecrated this Wednesday champion of the Finalization Tournament of Colombia by beating Deportes Tolima 1-2 at home in the second leg of the final.
The Verdiblanco club thus conquered its tenth league title.
The Azucareros came back in the second half a game that they started losing at 13 minutes.
Winger Jhon Vásquez equalized in the 58th minute and striker Harold Preciado scored a penalty in the 74th minute.
The central defender Julián Quiñones put forward the champion Deportes Tolima, who was surrounded by his followers today, who filled the stands of the Manuel Murillo Toro stadium in Ibagué.
In the first leg, both teams drew 1-1.
The game started very fought in the middle of the field, where the hard game prevailed and it was played away from the areas.
Tolima had the first approach with a free kick by Daniel Cataño at minute 10 that passed near the right post of the Uruguayan goalkeeper Guillermo de Amores.
However, the hosts found the goal at 13 in a corner kick taken by Cataño in which Quiñones, who struggled with Uruguayan Hernán Menosse, managed to head and send the ball to the back of the net to celebrate the crowd that it filled the Ibagué stadium.
Cali had many difficulties after the goal, as they found themselves in front of a well-organized and very dangerous wall that, if neglected, could do a lot of damage to the counterattack.
The first and only opportunity for the ‘Azucareros’ in the initial stage was for 17 Preciado with a mid-distance shot that goalkeeper William Cuesta handcuffed to send the corner kick.
Despite this opportunity, Dudamel’s team had many difficulties to get out of the funnel into which the Ibagué team put them.
For the complementary stage, the Cali came out to overwhelm his rival under the leadership of Teo Gutiérrez, who took the reins of the team began to associate, mainly with Preciado, to get out of the funnel.
The context, however, was also positive for Tolima, who found spaces and hurt the counterattack with Plata, who wasted the 2-0 in a heads-up with De Amores in which they decided badly at minute 55.
That was claimed by those led by Dudamel just three minutes later in a great collective play that Andrés Colorado began, in which Teo participated, in which midfielder Jhojan Valencia put a filtered pass, in which forward Angelo Rodríguez pivoted and in the that Vásquez entered the area comfortably to get a right hand that equalized the game.
The Cali kept attacking; He had a very clear shot with Teo who got tangled up and could not finish off just in front of the goal, and got a penalty in minute 73 for a hand from central Eduar Caicedo on a corner kick.
A minute later, Preciado, with a very strong right hand that dug into the upper left corner of Cuesta’s goal, scored his 13th goal in the championship, confirming him as the top scorer of the tournament.
The hosts, who saw the title fade at home, had many difficulties attacking and the players who entered in the final minutes – the Venezuelan Yohandry Orozco, the striker Juan Fernando Caicedo and the wingers Luis Miranda and Andrey Estupiñán – weighed few .
Cali was cooling the match until referee Jhon Ospina whistled the end and the players celebrated with Dudamel, who won his first title as a coach with the team he is a fan of and with which he was runner-up in the Copa Libertadores as goalkeeper in 1999 .
– Data sheet:
1. Sports Tolima: William Cuesta; Harold Gómez, Julián Quiñónes, Eduar Caicedo, Junior Hernández; Cristian Trujillo, Juan Ríos (m.80, Yohandry Orozco), Daniel Cataño (m.65, Juan Fernando Caicedo), Omar Albornoz (m.78, Andrey Estupiñán), Anderson Plata (m.78, Luis Miranda) and Gustavo Ramírez .
Coach: Hernán Torres.
2. Deportivo Cali: Guillermo de Amores; Juan Esteban Franco (m.52, Juan Camilo Angulo) Hernán Menosse, Jorge Marsiglia, Kevin Velasco; Andrés Balanta (m.52, Andrés Colorado), Jhojan Valencia, John Vásquez (m.78, José Caldera), Harold Preciado, Teófilo Gutiérrez (m.83, Michael Ortega) and Ángelo Rodríguez.
Coach: Rafael Dudamel.
Goals: 1-0, m.13: Julián Quiñones. 1-1, m.58, Jhon Vásquez. 1-2, m.74: Harold Preciado, from a penalty.