Tolima vs Argentinos Juniors, Thursday’s match for the return journey of the second phase of the Copa Sudamericana.
The result obtained on Sunday, May 26, for the first round of the second round of the quadrangular with a place in the final of the Opening Tournament of the Colombian Championship was not one of the most encouraging for Tolima.
At home, the team did not pass a draw, 1 – 1, before Atlético Junior, team that was eliminated in the first phase of the Copa Libertadores of America.
The result prevented the team from taking the isolated lead of group B. With six points, Tolima divides the first-place spot precisely with Junior, although it takes advantage in the criteria of the tiebreaker.
However, with two games remaining, Deportivo Cali and Atlético Nacional, who have four points, also have a chance to reach first place and a place in the decision.
The difficulties of Tolima in imposing its field command have been happening since the first phase. In the qualifying stage of Liga Aguila, the team presented the twelfth best campaign as home-team. Out of the 30 points that were disputed in the condition of home-team, they conquered 16.
Argentinos Juniors also did not have the result they expected last weekend. They were eliminated in the semi-finals of the Superliga Cup of Argentina when being defeated by Boca Juniors, by 1 to 0, in La Bombonera.
In the first leg, the clubs finished a scoreless draw. One factor that can be considered decisive for the result was the expulsion of Matias Romero, at eight minutes of the second part. Two minutes later, Boca reached the goal with Zarate.
The exclusion of Romero has no interference in the Copa Sudamericana. He has the conditions to play for this Thursday’s meeting. The only likely absence for the Argentine team is the striker Francisco Illaregui, who is being taken care of by the medical department.
Having the advantage of advancing with the draw, Argentinos Juniors should post in a rather defensive manner. The difficulties that Tolima has shown when facing opponents with this standard of play indicate the prognostic in a draw as the best option for this Thursday’s match for the return journey of the second phase of the Copa Sudamericana.