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From power to power: this is how Deportivo Cali and Tolima arrive at the BetPlay League final

After a marathon semifinal homerun, the fervent supporters of the BetPlay League They will finally be able to meet the new Colombian soccer monarch when the grand final of the Clausura 2021 is defined between the Deportivo Cali and the Tolima. Both teams sealed their classification with very good performances and now they hope to be up to the task in the first leg this Sunday, December 18.

First of all, we have to highlight the cast that will be the venue at the Palmaseca Stadium. With Rafael Dudamel leading the way from the bench, the ‘Green Menace’ left no doubts in Group A and surpassed all their rivals with very good football passes, especially those who arrived as favorites due to their good position in the regular stage.

Although they lost 1-0 to Pereira on the last date of the home runs, by then he already had qualification in his pocket and they were only waiting to meet his rival in the final. Prior to that, Dudamel’s men had drawn a draw and four wins, two of them against Atlético Nacional, who logically started as a favorite after having led the standings in the first part of the tournament.

There is no doubt that the best player from Cali was Teófilo Gutiérrez, who has six goals and two assists in the entire Clausura 2021. If we only review the home runs, ‘Teo’ was vital to reach the final as he scored two goals and served two goal passes.

Rafael Dudamel has managed to locate the former River Plate player on the entire attack front, giving him freedom to move and create spaces for his teammates who come behind. Such has been the level of the Barranquilla-born, that many have already begun to ask for his return to the Colombian National Team.

Deportivo Cali and Tolima arrive motivated to this first final of the Clausura 2021 of the BetPlay League. (Photo: Dimayor Press)

On the other side is Deportes Tolima, the defending champion who hopes to revalidate his Apertura 2021 title. Unlike Cali, those led by Hernán Torres did not lose any home run games and added three wins and three draws.

Juan Fernando Caicedo is the main goal card of the ‘Vinotinto y Oro’, as he has seven goals in the Clausura 2021. Behind him are Sergio Mosquera, Gustavo Ramírez and Anderson Plata, all of them with five goals. The latter, in addition to contributing goals, is the largest assistant in the cast with six passes on goal.

The ‘Musical Team’ hopes to add its fourth star in coffee soccer after those it achieved in the 2003 Finalization Tournament, Apertura 2018 and Apertura 2021. For its part, the ‘Verdiblanco’ will have the chance to win its ninth championship after those achieved in 1965, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1974, 1995/96, 1998, 2005-II and 2015-I.

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