Santa Fe suffered a new sporting setback, this time by being left out of the Copa Sudamericana, to close a frightening semester.

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The cardinal team lost at home against Goiás from Brazil, 1-2, and with that result, added to the victory of Universitario against Gimnasia, they were left out in the group stage.


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The Brazilian team began winning with an annotation of Guilhermeat minute 23 of the first half.

Santa Fe had a hard time getting to the tie, despite having several opportunities, with shots that had poison.

The equalizing goal came in the second half with a great score from Hugo Rodallegaan insufficient goal.

However, at 95 minutes Matheus Santos took advantage of a counterattack and sealed the victory for his team that finished first in Group G with 12 points.

Universitario, second with 10, secured the right to play with a rival from the Copa Libertadores in a tie for a spot in the round of 16 of the South American Cup.

Santa Fe was third with 7 and closed the Gymnastics classification with 4 units. The first sign of wanting victory came from the eleventh Cardenal through Wilfrido de la Rosa who, five minutes into the game, sent off a shot that went over the goal defended by Tadeu.

Santa Fe vs. Goiás in the South American Cup.


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harsh elimination

However, the one who had the ball was the Brazilian team that relied on Guilherme, Goncalves, Olivera and the Argentine Julio Palacios to corner
Santa Fe, who accused the inactivity of almost a month because he failed to qualify for the semifinal home runs of the Colombian League.

Over the first third of the game played at the “El Campín” stadium in Bogotá, those led by Gerardo Bedoya managed to level the game and with the key Rodallega and Cristian Marrugo brought danger to rival properties.

The clearest was a pass from Marrugo to De la Rosa that he could not define before the departure of Tadeu, who at that point was struggling to avoid defeat. The local was also close with a header from defender José Aja. They went 20 minutes.

However, Santa Fe lost the papers and let Goiás spin a play in which Palacios participated and Guilherme settled after 24 minutes. It was a shot that slipped through the local players. The Santa Fe goalkeeper Juan Espitia could do nothing. The Cardinals were not resigned and tried to equalize through an acrobatic shot by Rodallega that went over the horizontal.

The same player made another shot that didn’t go in either. The Argentine Fabián Sambueza joined the offense with shots from distance and close range well controlled by Tadeu, one of the figures of the Brazilians. Lucas, Bruno Melo and Hugo were also safe in defense, who even had arrests to go to the attack front. With the disadvantage and the need to equalize and come back, coach Bedoya brought out De la Rosa and sent José Enamorado and Camilo Torres to the attack front for the Uruguayan Daniel Barboza.

There were more arrivals but they did not translate into goals and even Goiás mounted counterattacks that were about to make the score wider in favor of the visit. To oxygenate Goiás, coach Armando Evangelista sent Da Silva to the field for Bruno do Santos and Alesson for Palacios. A little later, Everton came on for Guilherme, Matheus for Goncalves and Sander for Hugo.

Parity came in the 72nd minute with a shot from Rodallega who took advantage of a ball that the Goiás defensive quartet could not manage. The final 10 minutes were made by Santa Fe, who could not win by any means, the only result that gave him the chance to stay alive in the Copa Sudamericana, a tournament he won in 2015.


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