A clever Wilder Medina strike gave Santa Fe a 1-0 win over Once Caldas to keep them on track for consecutive Apertura titles in Colombia.
Santa Fe moved to the top of Group A in the semi-final stage of the Colombian Primera A’s first half of the season thanks to their win over Once, while reigning Clausura champions Millonarios slipped off the pace after a 1-0 loss to Deportivo Cali.
In Santa Fe, the home side took the points when Omar Perez released Medina with a lofted pass over Once’s defence.
With the visitors’ goalkeeper Jose Cuadrado moving to cover his near post, Medina struck first time with the outside of his right boot to send the ball across the 28-year-old custodian and in off the post.
The victory took Santa Fe to seven points halfway through the semi-final stage, while Deportivo Cali moved into second with their victory against Millonarios.
In the 28th minute, Andres Perez turned on the edge of the box and blasted the ball home for Cali as the home side rose to five points in Group A.
In Group B, Deportes Tolima remain top of the standings despite their 2-1 loss to Atletico Nacional, while Deportivo Pasto are second after a 3-2 win away to Itagui.
The top team from each semi-final group will qualify for the Apertura final.
Each team has three games to go in the semi-final stage.