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Nacional defeats America, at the beginning of the quarterfinals

BOGOTÁ (AP) – With a double from striker Jefferson Duque, Atlético Nacional came back on Saturday and won 2-1 on the América de Cali field, on the opening date of the quarterfinals of the Colombian soccer league Apertura tournament. .

America was left with 10 men at 27 minutes, after the expulsion of Chilean midfielder Rodrigo Ureña.

For its part, La Equidad drew 1-1 with visiting Deportivo Cali in another of the four keys.

Duque got the first goal from Medellín from a penalty, after he himself received a foul from Venezuelan goalkeeper Joel Graterol in injury time of the first stage. At 87, he scored the winning goal with his head.

Forward Adrián Ramos, from a penalty kick in the 37th minute, temporarily put América ahead after a foul by defender Jimer Fory against Daniel Quiñones.

In La Equidad’s hard work, defender Joan Castro scored the equalizer by finishing off a corner kick from Uruguayan striker Matías Mier. Striker Jhon Vásquez converted Cali’s goal after two minutes.

The return matches will be played on November 28.

Sunday matches of the other two keys: Deportivo Pasto-Santa Fe and Atlético Junior-Deportes Tolima. The return matches will take place on November 29.