Millonarios have ended Atletico Nacional’s perfect start to the Colombia Primera A season as Santa Fe capitalised to go top of the league.
Atletico Nacional had won their opening three games of the campaign but were brought back down to earth on Sunday with a 3-1 loss at Millonarios, while Santa Fe triumphed 2-0 away to Medellin to maintain their perfect record and claim a three-point lead in the standings.
Santa Fe have 12 points after their four wins, while Nacional have dropped to second on nine.
In Bogota, Millonarios opened the scoring in the 17th minute when Dayro Moreno got free through the middle of Nacional’s defence and, although the 28-year-old was close to being offside, the flag stayed down and he slotted the ball home with the outside of his right foot.
It was 2-0 inside 30 minutes with Omar Vasquez adding the home side’s second, ghosting in at the back post to finish from inside the six-yard box.
A curling free-kick into the top corner from Edwin Cardona saw the visitors pull a goal back on the hour-mark.
But Millonarios put their foot back on Nacional’s throat with a third goal in the 65th minute through Roman Torres.
Both sides ended the game with 10 players, with Nacional’s Alexis Henriquez sent off in the 73rd minute and Vasquez being shown a straight red three minutes later.
With Boyaca Chico also losing on Sunday – they went down 1-0 at Deportes Tolima – Santa Fe ended the fourth round on top with Sergio Herrera and Luis Seijas scoring in the first half in their side’s win over Medellin.
Junior and Once Caldas moved to within a point of Nacional and Boyaca Chico, while La Equidad moved up to seven points.
Junior drew 0-0 away to Fortaleza on Monday, while Once Caldas triumphed 1-0 on the road at Deportivo Cali and La Equidad defeated Envigado 3-1.
In other results, Uniautonoma drew 1-1 with Itagui, Patriotas Boyaca trumped Atletico Huila 3-1 and Alianza Petrolera claimed a 1-1 draw versus Deportivo Pasto.