Regardless of their pleas to have the sport postponed, the league pressured the workforce to face Boyaca Chico down 4 gamers
Colombian top-flight facet Rionegro Aguilas had been pressured to play Boyaca Chico with simply seven gamers on Sunday as a consequence of accidents and Covid-19 circumstances inside the workforce.
Impressively, Aguilas managed to carry their opponents scoreless for 57 minutes earlier than finally conceding 3 times in a 3-0 defeat.
The match was suspended after Aguilas participant Giovanny Martinez was injured and could not proceed within the 79th minute, placing his facet under the minimal gamers required to play.
Why did the sport go ahead?
Aguilas petitioned the Colombian high flight, Categoria Primera A, to postpone the sport after 16 of their gamers examined constructive for Covid-19, with an extra seven injured.
Nevertheless, the league ordered the sport to maneuver ahead, with Aguilas solely capable of discipline seven wholesome gamers – together with two goalkeepers.
In a assertion posted on Twitter earlier than the sport, Aguilas stated they had been enjoying solely to keep away from “extreme sanctions”.
Talking to Win Sports activities earlier this week, league president Fernando Jaramillo stated: “If there are seven gamers accessible, you must present up with these seven gamers.”
What occurred within the sport?
Previous to the match, Aguilas introduced their matchday squad on Twitter in cheeky trend, saying: “The 18 … sorry the seven known as up for essentially the most unequal sport in historical past.”
The seven Aguilas gamers posed earlier than the match with banners that learn “LIFE FIRST” and “#CLEANPLAY”.
Although they held out bravely for practically an hour, Boyaca Chico netted on 57 minutes earlier than shortly scoring twice extra.
Following the suspension of the sport, Aguilas wrote on Twitter: “We lose the sport however we’ll win the battle in opposition to Covid-19. We’re very happy with you, guys.”