And the bad streak of Atlético Nacional continues with Millonarios at the Atanasio Girardot. It was the opportunity to break those six years without victories at home against the rotation that the rival presented to prioritize their Copa Libertadores match against Atlético Mineiro. Everything ended in a 0-0 that left the visitor standing well because he defended his game idea with different cards, while the host continued to leave doubts and was barely able to figure out Álvaro Montero in the auction of the classic, which marked the return of Sebastián Gómez.
The alternate team presented by Alberto Gamero had a correct first half. He did not spend major jobs before the stellar roster of the purslane, who had their best option with Tomás Angel in a one-on-one that Álvaro Montero resolved well before the great assistance of Dorlan Pabón, the one who tried the most to move the rival, finish off the goal and give the game width, but did not find the best response from his teammates, despite the fact that the full-backs always passed and tried to go forward.
Without their usual attacking chips and with timid and imprecise Luis Paredes, it was difficult for the ambassadors to have a good offensive volume, but they managed to fabricate an opportunity that Nicolás Arévalo sent over the top. Oscar Vanegas also tried with a header after a stationary ball and Fernando Uribe managed to disturb something to Kevin Mier in those oversights that the Autuori team usually has, who knew how to arrive with Andrés Román and again with Ángel himself, in the face of doubts about an improvised defense, which Jader did not exploit sufficiently. The Brazilian hardly dared to face an opportunity to beat Israel Alba.
Montero took over when Nacional woke up
After 45 minutes without a clear dominator and distributed possession, the visitor came out with more determination, who started the complement with Édgar Guerra by Paredes. And if before there was the Ángel-Montero pulse, then Uribe met Mier, which the goalkeeper won after Arévalo’s good recovery in a small bump for the nationalists, stuck in their goal and with few answers, even to put together a counterattack when Millonarios could not finish their attacks well.
With a laborious blue that began to play closer to the rival goal, the discomfort in the stands and on the bench jumped, visible in Autuori’s discussion with his assistant Amaral because the team was failing and it was becoming more and more difficult for them to control the game… not even Nelson Deossa, who had stood out, was working anymore. Dorlan pushed with his shots and shots, but it was Román who added an approximation when the visitor already had to do without Kliver Moreno due to injury.
At 65, madness broke out in Atanasio when Gómez began to receive instructions from the technician and he was admitted to give a different look to the purslane, who recovered their captain after ankle surgery. There was more desire than football and it was enough for the Brazilian Jader to manage to reconnect with the game and rush Montero with a shot and in another foray when the albiazul defense faltered.
The last 10 minutes were not easy for the visitor. He raised the level of the King of Cups and began to put it in his field. Montero’s fists had to appear to remove the danger when they began to raise the ball and his teammates tried to withstand the onslaught of a team that played a discreet game, but that usually know how to finish off under pressure and individualities appear, as happened at minute 87′ with Román’s shot that Montero saved to confirm himself as the figure of the classic , which the locals narrowly won in the same play when Jéfferson Duque took the rebound, but Jorge Arias was the most exciting action hero of the game, in which there were doubts due to the apparent hand of Vanegas.
In the end, there was the feeling that the visiting squad could leave with something more, but there was confusion in the area and the curtain came down with a 0-0 score that left the visitor in a better position because Gamero’s alternate team stood up to the stellar roster of Verde, who could not assault the leadership on the eighth date of the I-2023 League.
On the next date, Nacional will face Deportivo Pereira again, whom he beat in the Super League. For their part, Millonarios will receive Águilas Doradas at El Campín, but first they will have to travel to Brazil for the final duel with Mineiro for entry into the group stage of the Libertadores.
Edgar Guerra (45′, Luis Paredes), Omar Bertel (59′, Kliver Moreno), sebastian gomez (66′, Yerson Division), Yuber Quinones (70′, Fernando Uribe), Jefferson Duque (78′, Nelson Deossa), Oscar Perea (89′, Cores)
Referee: Eder Enrique Vergara Lora
VAR Referee: Jorge Andrés Guzmán Bonilla, Cristian De La Cruz
fernando uribe (24′,Yellow) Danovis Banguero (40′,Yellow) dorlan pabon (42′,Yellow) Jorge Arias (61′,Yellow) Nicholas Arevalo (68′,Yellow)