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Atlético Nacional becomes champion of the Colombian Apertura and secures its place in the Libertadores 2023

Atlético Nacional was crowned champion of the Colombian Apertura 2022 tournament this Sunday by beating Deportes Tolima 4-3 on aggregate in the final.

The purslane team, which had Argentine defender Emanuel Olivera as its starter, fell 2-1 in Tolima’s vibrant home second leg, but obtained the title thanks to the 3-1 in favor that he had obtained on Wednesday in the first leg.

AMDEP1949. IBAGUÉ (COLOMBIA), 06/26/2022.- Players of Atlético Nacional celebrate with the Colombian First Division champion trophy after beating Deportes Tolima today, at the Manuel Murillo Toro stadium in Ibagué (Colombia). EFE/Mauricio Duenas Castañeda

Tolima opened the scoring thanks to a goal against Olivera (18) and put Nacional on the ropes by scoring the second with a powerful header by Juan Caicedo (36).

But the two-time Libertadores champion reacted in stoppage time with a header from Jarlan Barrera that silenced the Manuel Murillo Toro stadium in Ibagué (90+1) and sealed the title for Atlético Nacional.

The local suffered a severe blow at minute 56, when the midfielder Daniel Catano he missed a penalty that would have put the series in his favor and was expelled for a foul on goalkeeper Kevin Mier in the rebound dispute.

AMDEP1949.  IBAGUÉ (COLOMBIA), 06/26/2022.- Players of Atlético Nacional celebrate with the Colombian First Division champion trophy after beating Deportes Tolima today, at the Manuel Murillo Toro stadium in Ibagué (Colombia).  EFE/Mauricio Duenas Castañeda

AMDEP1949. IBAGUÉ (COLOMBIA), 06/26/2022.- Players of Atlético Nacional celebrate with the Colombian First Division champion trophy after beating Deportes Tolima today, at the Manuel Murillo Toro stadium in Ibagué (Colombia). EFE/Mauricio Duenas Castañeda

It is the 17th title of Atlético Nacional, which the place was also secured in the next edition of the Copa Libertadores de América.

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