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Copa Libertadores 2024: Águilas Doradas tied against Bragantino

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Copa Libertadores 2024: Águilas Doradas tied against Bragantino

Finalist of the 2021 Copa Sudamericana, Bragantino was a priori much superior to a debutant Águilas in Libertadores.

But Colombian coach Hernán ‘Bolillo’ Gómez gave a tactical lesson to nullify the Brazilians and seal the 0-0 at the Atanasio Girardot Stadium in Medellín (northwest).

The game was played in Colombia’s second city, before practically empty stands, since Conmebol did not approve the stadium where Águilas normally plays its home games, the Alberto Grisales in the neighboring city of Rionegro.

The return is scheduled for February 27 at the Nabi Abi Chedid stadium in the Brazilian city of Bragança Paulista. The winner of the key will face the winner between Aurora from Bolivia and Botafogo from Brazil in the third phase.

The four winners of said instance will advance to the group round of the Libertadores and the losers to the Copa Sudamericana.

The signature of “Bolillo”

Founded just 15 years ago, Águilas Doradas debuted in the Libertadores under the leadership of a veteran coach like “Bolillo” Gómez, World Cup player with Colombia (1998), Ecuador (2002) and Panama (2018).

The draw put them in front of a squad without parchments, but that has risen meteorically in Brazilian soccer thanks to the financial support of the multinational beverage company Red Bull and leader of its group in the Paulista tournament.

Águilas showed guts from the opening whistle, but the Brazilian hierarchy came to the fore as the minutes passed.

Helinho, one of the few starters present in coach Pedro Caixinha’s formation, became a nightmare for the left side of the coffee defense and created two options to overtake Bragantino in the first half hour of play, but his aim was not achieved. accompanied

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A defensive specialist, “Bolillo” knew how to hold out at 0-0 until the final stretch of the game.

With fatigue, both teams gave up space and the game became exciting in the last ten minutes. Bragantino beat Águilas and was close to opening the scoring in the 80th minute, but Uruguayan Nacho Laquintana missed the goal from a meter away after a corner kick.

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