ST. PETERSBURG, United States. January 20 (PSN) – Legia Warsaw were defeated 0:2 by Atletico Nacional in final match of the Florida Cup on Saturday afternoon.
As a result, the Colombian outfit won the Florida Cup after topping the tournament table after winning both their games.
Atletico Nacional came into the final Florida Cup match in third place, sittings three points behind Barcelona SC, who had also defeated the Legion last weekend. All Nacional needed in this game was to win and to make up the goal differential in order to win the entire tournament.
In what could be a brief glimpse of Group H play during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in June, the action between the Colombian and Polish clubs started evenly, with chances created by both sides early in the first half.
Nacional Midfielder Aldo Ramirez opened the scoring in the 36th minute, taking a perfect pass from Macnelly Torres and slotting the ball into the net in the bottom right corner. Ramirez completed his brace with a brilliant goal off a Gustavo Torres feed in the 42nd minute, as the Colombians took a 2:0 advantage into the half.
Romeo Jozak’s side had a few chances but the Polish club could not do enough to truly challenge Nacional’s defense and find the back of the net.
Nacional maintained the pressure in the second half, nearly adding to their lead with several close chances. At the final whistle, Ramirez’s brace was enough to secure the victory and Nacional’s first Florida Cup title.
Legia finished the tournament in seventh place out of eight teams. The Polish side failed to win either of its games.
Legia Warsaw – CD Club Atlético Nacional 0:2 (0:2)
Goals: Ramírez 36′, 42′
Yellow carded: Montaño, M.Torres
Referee: Guido Gonzalez Jr Attendance: 3500
Legia Warsaw: 33. Radosław Cierzniak (46, 29. Radosław Majecki) – 28. Łukasz Broź (58, 25. Łukasz Turzyniecki), 5. Maciej Dąbrowski (46, 34. Iñaki Astiz), 2. Michał Pazdan (65, 23. Mateusz Żyro), 55. Artur Jędrzejczyk (46, 22. Kasper Hämäläinen) – 31. Krzysztof Mączyński, 3. William Rémy, 75. Thibault Moulin (46, 15. Michał Kopczyński), 7. Domagoj Antolić (46, 8. Cristian Pasquato), 18. Michał Kucharczyk (73, 40. Brian Iloski) – 11. Jarosław Niezgoda (46, 99. Armando Sadiku)
CD Club Atlético Nacional: 25. Cristián Vargas – 19. Jackson Montaño (32, 24. Hadier Borja), 26. Carlos Cuesta, 12. Alexis Henríquez (73, 3. Felipe Aguilar), 32. Cristián Mafla (79, 23. Edwin Velasco) – 7. Gustavo Torres (66, 16. Ronaldo Lucena), 29. Aldo Leão Ramírez (66, 28. Juan David Castañeda), 6. Raúl Loaiza (79, 21. Jhon Mosquera), 10. Macnelly Torres (66, 8. Diego Árias), 20. Jeison Lucumí – 11. Andrés Rentería (79, 15. Juan Pablo Nieto)
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