Jorge Luis Pinto kept using the winning formula and unfortunately, it didn’t work this time around. He expressed his discomfort with the team’s performance last night and brutally criticized the team’s defensive game in the press conference. He also explained in the press conference why he made each substitution, “Jose Guillermo Ortiz was injured, and we had to sub him out. I thought a midfielder like Cesar Carrillo could provide more attacking opportunities. The third sub was to create spaces through the wings and overload the rival in their half.” The manager will focus on correcting the team’s mistakes and prepare for the next league match to bring the team back on track.
In the first half, Jose Guillermo Ortiz quickly scored and helped the team take an early lead. After the euphoria of the opening goal, the team lost concentration and quickly conceded the equalizer. The team regained focus and worked on attacking in both flanks but no success. Players like Hansel Zapata, Felipe Jaramillo, and David Silva tried shooting from a far distance and no success. In other plays, they tried passing or crossing from the wings to the center of the penalty box and nothing. Cucuta in a corner kick took advantage of Wuilker Fariñez’s poor skill in flying out to catch the ball and scored on a header. The ball went to the lower corner, and Wuilker Fariñez couldn’t reach down there on time. The Ambassadors went into the locker rooms with a look of frustration on their faces.
Cucuta became stronger and more fluid in the counter-attacks in the second half. Jose Guillermo Ortiz was subbed off within the few minutes of the second half, and Fabian Gonzalez came on but didn’t make any impact. Jorge Luis Pinto told the players to remain calm and continue what they were doing in the first half. Cesar Carrillo came on for Felipe Jaramillo to provide more attacking chances but also failed to make any impact. Omar Bertel came on for the tired Felipe Banguero to provide more attack and overload the rival through the left flank but no effect. Cucuta took advantage of a counter-attack and scored the third goal after a rebound. Jorge Luis Pinto’s men had a worried look on their faces after the referee blew the final whistle.
Millonarios will face Patriotas in the next league match in Bogota. Jorge Luis Pinto expects to bounce back from this subpar performance. It’s important to continue winning to win a spot for the 2020 Copa Libertadores and the league’s playoff. The team is six points away from securing a place in the playoff and is 12 points away from qualifying to the continental competition.
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