Deportes Tolima assumed the leadership of the Betplay I-2022 League momentarilyin the absence of the results of Nacional and Millonarios, which will be measured against Patriotas and América, respectively.
Hernán Torres’ team had a great first half at the Hernán Ramírez Villegas, where Luis Miranda’s effectiveness and Alexander Domínguez’s good saves led them to 29 points and climb to the top spot. Pereira is still at the bottom of the table, in 15th place with 15 points.
At 4 minutes, Deportes Tolima showed its teeth with Luis Miranda, who surprised after a Yohandry Orozco ball; the ball passed almost touching the right post of goalkeeper Santiago Castaño. The action was invalidated as out of place. But from that moment, the intention in the Hernán Ramírez Villegas did not change. Miranda would become the figure of the match with the passing of the minutes.
Orozco, from a free kick, tried it after 10 minutes. The left-footed shot that he sought to put through the angle, went through the side of the matecaña goal. Barely 3 minutes passed when Miranda’s goal came, after a ball lifted by Rodrigo Ureña. The winger won by air and connected with a superb header, which he stung, and sent it to the bottom.
After the goal, Deportivo Pereira was not daunted and after a leaked ball by Leo Castro, Dubán Palacio tested the reflexes of goalkeeper Alexander Domínguez, with a “point-blank” shot. And since he who doesn’t do them sees them do it, the second of the pijao arrived. Minute 25 passed when Miranda, dressing in the figure suit, put in a right shoe after a great clearance by Orozco.
Tolima continued to show defensive solidity and a great proposal in attack, and at 28, he tried again. Álvaro Meléndez came down the right wing and scared Castaño with a violent shot. Hernán Torres’ team did not take their foot off the accelerator and kept looking for more. At 31′, Gustavo Ramírez tried it through the middle distance, but the ball went over the crossbar.
In the second half Deportivo Pereira gained more prominence and was close to discount. An expulsion in the visitor was decisive for the balance to tip in their favor.
About 65′, Tolima lost the papers with the expulsion of Gustavo Adrián Ramírez. Double warning after an airy complaint to referee Wilmar Roldán. From the bench, coach Hernán Torres exploded with what happened and had no choice but to move his chips to take care of the result. The red wine continued to be filled with yellow cards and had to play with more prevention.
At 72 minutes, the matecaña sought the discount with a free kick executed by Carlos Ramírez. The Ecuadorian goalkeeper deflected the shot that was destined for the door. Five minutes later, and by the same route, the one who tried it was Leo Castro. Violent shot that took Domínguez to the corner.
Alexis Márquez’s team took advantage of the extra man and went on the attack, looking for him everywhere. Henry Rojas had his chance, on at least two occasions, and in the addition, José Luis Sinisterra tried the goalkeeper again; the ball crashed into the vertical after a light touch from the goalkeeper. In the end, Alexander Domínguez was decisive in the result, 0-2.