Deportes Tolima have won their third successive match to claim top spot in Colombia’s Primera A, coming from behind to beat Santa Fe 2-1.
Santa Fe had taken the lead in the third minute thanks to a fortuitous free-kick from Omar Perez but an own goal from Daniel Torres ensured scores were level at half-time, before Andres Andrade scored what proved to be the winner for Tolima just after the break.
Wednesday’s result took Tolima to the top of the Primera A, ahead of former leaders Santa Fe, who sit third.
Perez opened the scoring for Santa Fe when his free-kick snuck under the Tolima wall and rolled into the bottom corner of the net just inside the post.
In a frantic opening to the top-of-the-table clash, both sides had decent attacking opportunities but the hosts remained one goal ahead until Santa Fe defender Torres got his clearance all wrong in the 36th minute, sending David Silva’s cross into his own net.
The chances kept coming in the second half but only the visitors were able to capitalise, with Andrade blasting the ball home from the edge of the area in the 49th minute.
Tolima had Sergio Otalvaro sent off in the 90th minute but Santa Fe were unable to take advantage of the extra player in stoppage time.
The win saw Tolima rise to 21 points and plus eight goal difference to lead Colombia’s top tier after 12 rounds, ahead of Atletico Nacional (21 points, plus seven) and Santa Fe (21 points, plus four).
Santa Fe had started the 12th round on top of the standings.
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