Published on November 3, 2023, 9:54 am
In an intense face-off, Atlético Nacional emerged victorious over Deportivo Pereira in the semifinal of the Copa Betplay. The thrilling match concluded with a 3-1 triumph for Atlético Nacional, with the deciding penalty shootout taking place at Polideportivo Sur in Envigado.
The first leg of the match saw Deportivo Pereira secure a 2-0 win, setting the stage for a dramatic turnaround in the second leg. Undeterred by the initial setback, Atlético Nacional took control of the game. Despite facing a robust defense from Deportivo Pereira, Atlético Nacional capitalized on their opportunities and maintained a tie until halftime.
During the second half, Deportivo Pereira struck first with Adrián Balboa’s goal at the 58th minute. However, displaying resilience and determination, Atlético Nacional equalized in the 71st minute thanks to Jefferson Duque’s goal. Overtime ensued but failed to break the deadlock, leading to a decisive penalty shootout.
During the penalty shootout, Atlético Nacional showcased exceptional composure and precision by successfully converting all their penalties. The standout moment came when Kevin Mier made a critical save in the final penalty, ensuring Atlético Nacional’s victory and securing their spot in the Copa Betplay final.
The qualification for the Copa Betplay final highlights Atlético Nacional’s resilience and ability to handle pressure. Players like Jefferson Duque and Kevin Mier played instrumental roles in their success. Now, they eagerly await the winner of the Millonarios vs. Cúcuta series as they aim for their sixth Colombia Cup victory.