Professional League: Colón lost to Vélez, until Wanchope Ábila scored a great goal
SANTA FE.- An anthology goal, which demonstrated the validity of Wanchope Abila and a penalty saved by a goalkeeper from the house who already won the title, were the two elements on which Colón relied to start over, leaving aside a too gray stage where he seemed to achieve only failures. As if that were not enough, he endured almost 40 minutes in the complement with one man less due to the expulsion of Farías. Everything was at the request of the sabalero, who placed another man from the house, Adrián Marini, an acquaintance from that 1995 promotion, on the field as interim coach, while in a box Sergio “Egg” Rondina He enthusiastically watched the operation of the team that he will lead starting this Tuesday.
Columbus seemed to have regained his memory, if you take into account that Vélez was in front, a team that has a good present, although that present is auspicious in the Copa Libertadores, not so much in the local tournament. The 2-1 victory was the reward for the consistent work exhibited by the sabalero. The team was relaxed, without missing anything from the previous weeks when Julio Falconi he wanted the players to cling to a script that always had the same ending. That was what the team rubbed off on their supporters. It is not little because a change of expectations was necessary. And he did it with simple but forceful arguments.
The start was auspicious. Vélez showed his entry credentials, with a good job of the midfielders and the mobility of the forwards. It was difficult for Colón to get into a rhythm but, fundamentally, not to lose in the heads-up. When the visitor played long and fast on the right, he had more space and fewer complications.
The scoreboard was opened due to an error. Farías committed it and Valentín Gómez took advantage of it to score his first goal in 22 games played with this shirt.
Colón had to react and he did. Berardi joined Pulga Rodríguez, Pierotti advanced a little more decisively and also with a rebound, which this time the goalkeeper Hoyos found Garcé well placed for equality. Until then, the result was logical and adjusted to the realities of both.
Although the pressure for the local began with the expulsion of the “Joya” Farías, on the recommendation of the VAR, Vélez tried but ended up confused in the meters near Chicco. Goltz and Garcé closed the spaces and the wings complied with the brand and the projection, especially Meza. In the middle, Pierotti gave it dynamics and Wanchope contributed what he knows. His goal, “chopping” the ball with his left foot before the exit of Lucas Hoyos, is for a gallery of virtuosos. The striker is where a scorer has to be. Little by little the team understands it.
Vélez was intoned in the final quarter of an hour but always left the feeling of not achieving what he was trying to do. And that was what he did not know how to solve to improve the result. But it is logical, for now, the objective seems to be another.
That was evident when at the request of the VAR Andrés Merlos scored the penalty that Ignacio Chicco held off Lucas Janson, which until tonight came with the highest effectiveness in definitions of this type. But the goalkeeper, who was a substitute until Leonardo Burián emigrated to Vélez, sensed and assured the Sabalero victory.