Historical! Sports Tolima wins in Brazil and qualifies for the round of 16 of the Conmebol Libertadores

The Colombian team faced the Ecuadorian team for the Conmebol Libertadores. Taken from @Libertadores

The Deportes Tolima got the ticket to the round of 16 of the Conmebol Libertadores by defeating Atlético Mineiro 2-1 as a visitor. In addition to the victory and qualification for the next phase, Hernán Torres’s pupils became the first Colombian eleven to win two games in Brazil in the same edition of this tournament.

The last time a Colombian club qualified for the round of 16 of the Libertadores was with Atlético Nacional in the 2018 editionwhen he fell to Atlético Tucumán from Argentina under the command of Jorge Almirón.

At 55 minutes the first goal of Deportes Tolima arrived after a collective play that ended in a center by Andrés Ibargüen from the right flank for Michael Rangel who connected with a header to make it 1-0 and bring Pijao closer to qualifying.

The second goal would come in added time after a quick exit from Deportes Tolima orchestrated by Steven Lucumi who gained speed behind Mineiro to join Andreson Plata, who assisted him from the right sector so that the former América de Cali picara and put the final 2-1.

Deportes Tolima depended on itself to qualify for the round of 16 of the Conmebol Libertadores on the last day of Group D against Atlético Mineiro as a visitor. A tie was enough for Hernán Torres’ team to fulfill their objective.

In their last outing, the Vinotinto y Oro could not make their home respected by equalizing 2-2 at the Manuel Murillo Toro in a difficult game against América Mineiro after going behind the scoreboard by two goals.

For their part, those led by Antonio the Turk Mohamed, had won their ticket to the next round the previous day by defeating Ecuador’s Independiente del Valle 2-0 at home.

The team from the musical city proposed a one-on-one game against the Galo and fearlessly put the local team on their field of play and generated the first risk play at 6 minutes with a mid-distance shot from the right by Michael Rangel that Everson.

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At 13 minutes, the Vinotinto y Oro would have one more approach after a volley shot by Jonathan Marulanda outside the area that stopped it in the chest and then took a left footed shot that went over the goal.

The local had some approaches with shots from outside the area that had Rubens Antonio Dias as the protagonist, who was close to opening the scoring, after a cross from the right side by Guga, which the midfielder finished off with a header, but luckily for the Tolima, the ball crashed into the post, drowning out the cry of goal over 40 minutes.

For the second half, Deportes Tolima went up on the scoreboard thanks to Michael Rangel at 55 minutes, but Atlético Mineiro would make it 1-1 at 88 after a shot from the right sector that had a bad start by Alexander Domínguez , which was used by Eduardo Sasha who, without letting it fall, hit the right ball to send it to the back of the net.

With this loss against Deportes Tolima, Mineiro lost an 18-game unbeaten run in the Conmebol Libertadores, although it maintained first place in Group D with the same points as Pijao, but with a better goal difference.


Atletico Mineiro: Everson; Guga, Nathan Silva, Junior Alonso, Guilherme Arana; Jair, Allan Souza, Nacho Fernández, Rubens; Hulk.

Sports Tolima: Alexander Dominguez; Jonathan Marulanda, Julián Quiñones, José Moya, Junior Hernández; Rodrigo Ureña, Cristián Trujillo, Anderson Plata, Daniel Cataño, Andrés Ibargüen; Michael Rangel.


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