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Ibáñez gives victory to San Luis and Santos loses undefeated

From the Editorial Office

La Jornada newspaper
Friday, February 19, 2021, p. a35

Dull and with a goal from Nicolás Ibáñez, Atlético de San Luis beat Santos 1-0 to take away the undefeated at the start of day seven of the 2021 Guardians tournament. The Potosinos climbed two steps to place seventh with 10 units and the Laguneros they were left with 12 points, in fifth position.

The minutes were consumed and the coach Jorge Almada with the mask in hand claimed the referee Adonai Escobedo a foul. They always have something against Santos, the Uruguayan screamed.

When attacking least, the Potosí team had an opportunity that they did not miss in their first approach to the rival goal in which Damián Batallini, on the right wing, sent a long pass to Nicolás Ibáñez, he headed to send the ball to the net of Carlos Acevedo at minute 14 and make it 1-0 at the Alfonso Lastras stadium.

With his score, the Argentine reached six goals, equaling his compatriot Pedro Alexis Canelo, from Toluca, in the scoring lead.

Santos began to press and on a corner kick, at 26, Ronaldo Prieto missed with a header that went to the side of Axel Werner’s right post that could have been the tie.

Given the lack of competitiveness between the two teams, the game turned tough and spirits flared with Santiago Muñoz, from the Lagunero team and Rodrigo Noya, for the locals.

The actions stopped and the players swirled in anger. Goalkeeper Acevedo pushed a rival and Escobedo admonished him along with Muñoz and Noya.

In the first half both Atlético and Santos were unable to leave with the advantage before failed errors in front of the goal.

Upon their return, both teams continued without injury. A foul by the lagoon player Juan Otero on the edge of the area that requested expulsion was reviewed by the VAR and the Nazarene admonished the Colombian.

The referee was more moved with interruptions of the game due to fouls and cards. He expelled coach Leonel Rocco, from Atlético, also fired Félix Torres and Diego Pineda, the first of whom denounced discrimination at a press conference.