A late Independiente Santa Fe goal took the gloss of a good night’s work for Morelia and has left La Monarquia with plenty of work to do when the two sides meet again in Bogota. Despite new Coach, Eduardo de la Torre only being in the job 24 hours, Morelia produced some very good football and controlled the match for large parts.
Former Santa Fe schemer, Colombian Aldo Leão pulled the strings and in tandem with promising, young Mexican, Armando Zamarano they created the simplest of openers for Chilean, Hector Mancilla after 26 minutes.
Morelia contined to impress and in the 65th minute, Zamarano danced between two dancers before finishing past Camilo Vargas. The objective for de la Torre’s side now was not to concede a late goal and they had a stroke of luck in the 77th minute when Omar Perez spurned a golden opportunity from the penalty spot. Opting for power, his effort down the middle struck the legs of Carlos Rodriguez and preserved the two goal lead.
However, with 5 minutes remaining Perez made amends for his earlier penalty miss. A free kick on the edge of the penalty area was struck fiercely by the Argentine and flew into the top corner to give Santa Fe a crucial away goal. They meet again in Bogota on February 4th and Morelia know that they have a real battle on their hands.