Santa Fe went from being almost finished in 64 minutes to celebrating a very loud and very important victory against millionaires, in the classic 308 in matches of the Colombian League.
The team led by Alfredo Arias was 2-0 down, with goals from Israel Alba and Yuber Quiñones, and ended up turning the score around in nine minutes, with goals from Jeferson Rivas, Neyder Moreno and Wilson Morelo.
“In front there is a team that does things very well, it is difficult to praise a team that loses, in the way that Millonarios lost. But it is the same team that wins, that team always plays against you and it is difficult to play against them… That team praises our victory, they did well, and the things we did wrong are because of the Gamero team”, said Arias.
Only two antecedents of a similar comeback
A comeback like the one seen in Wednesday’s classic is not very frequent. In fact, you have to go back almost 58 years to find an event similar to this.
On November 23, 1964, with 30,000 spectators in the stands of El Campín, Millonarios won the break 2-0, with goals from Paraguayan Genaro Benítez, at 8 minutes, and Ecuadorian Pedro Gando, at 44.
In the second stage, Santa Fe turned the game around and won the classic, with a hat-trick by Brazilian José ‘Pepillo’ Marín, at 53, 72, from a penalty, and 90.
But it was not the first time that Santa Fe did the same. He had already achieved it four years ago, on August 21, 1960. Luis Alfonso Pizarro, at 30 minutes, and the Argentine Martín Alarcón, at 44, sent Millonarios with a 2-0 lead at halftime.
Santa Fe’s reaction in the second half led him to turn the score around, with goals from Argentine Osvaldo Panzutto, at 55; Héctor ‘Zipa’ González, at 63, and fellow Argentine Ricardo Campana, at 67.
Millonarios has never been able to turn around a two-goal deficit in the classic. The closest he came was on April 22, 1979: he lost 2-0, with goals from Augusto Rangel, at 20, and Horacio René Ibáñez, at 26.
Later, Juan José Irigoyen scored a hat-trick, at 42, 52 and 53, and Willington Ortiz increased it at 73. But Santa Fe tied it 4-4 with goals from Ernesto Díaz, at 78, from a penalty, and Juan Carlos Torres , at 87.
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