Vital derby wins for Cartagena and Santa Fe

Real Cartagena humiliated Junior in Saturday’s coastal derby in order to defend their comfortable lead, while Santa Fe beat Bogota rivals Millonarios to enter the top four.

Real Cartagena scored the opening goal at Junior after 15 minutes through Nestor Salazar. In the 82nd, Edwards Jimenez doubled the lead from the penalty spot and Edinson Palomino went on to make it 0-3 seven minutes later.

The match in Barranquilla was marred by red card, with Junior conceding three. The hosts lost their first player in the 33rd minute as Cesar Fawcett fouled Nestor Salazar. Didier Muñoz followed in the 80th minute and another four minutes later, Junior’s Luis Ruiz became the third home player to be sent off. Cartagena had Juan Garcia red-carded at the same moment.

The derby of Bogota ended in a vital win to Santa Fe, who climb to fourth place thanks to this result. Alejandro Bernal put the hosts in the lead on 15 minutes but had his goal cancelled out by John Jairo Ulloque in the 31st.

The winning goal came a minute after the hour and was scored by Santa Fe’s Cristian Nazarit.

In Saturday’s other Liga Postobon game, Deportes Tolima earned a 1-3 victory at Atletico Huila.

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