Due to several cases of coronavirus, Rionegro Aguilas’ team appeared on Sunday with only 7 players on the pitch against Boyaca Chico, for a meeting counting for the Colombian first division. The Rionegro club was indignant at the postponement refused by the authorities. The match ended after the injury of one of the 7 players on the pitch.
It’s a funny match that took place this Sunday in the Colombian first division. Due to several cases of coronavirus, the Rionegro Aguilas team presented only 7 players on the pitch at kick-off for a match against Boyaca Chico.
The postponement of the match was requested by the Rionegro club due to 16 players and four staff members infected in recent days by the coronavirus. But the Colombian league refused and faced with the threat of a postponement, Rionegro Aguilas asked his goalkeeper of the reserve team to play in central defense to be able to start the game. Before the start of this necessarily very unbalanced poster, the seven players of Rionegro posted banners indicating “First life” and “fair play”, to show their opposition.
0-0 at the break
Perhaps the craziest thing about this affair is that these 7 men held it 0-0 until the break, in a 3-2-1 system. Rionegro Aguilas rounded back in defense with an incredible 14% possession statistic, for a shot on target against 14 opposing attempts in the first 45 minutes, for 4 on target.
The match could not go to an end due to the injury of Giovanny Martinez in the 79th minute. As a minimum of 7 players are needed for a team on the pitch, the game was stopped by the referee. But before, Boyaco Chico managed despite everything to score three times.
Rionegro Aguilas goalkeeper Carlos Bejarano was voted man of the match for his many saves. “We have to congratulate all the colleagues for this game,” said the goalkeeper. But before the match, Bejarano regretted the decision of the authorities, thus summarizing the general atmosphere. “We accept the decision to play the game but it is clear that what matters here is everything except our integrity and our health as players, the goalkeeper fumed. We are the seven who go to war.”