The Red Devils celebrated in style in the south courtyard. Author: Jose Julier Erranz
Santiago de Cuba showed once again why they are the strongest team in recent years and won the Apertura Tournament crown with a 107th-place finish. National Football League, beating Cienfuegos 2-1 in a very close clash.
The Red Devils had to go to the Pearl of the South’s Luis Pérez Lozano in search of last year’s title confirmation against some sailors who had earned their right to challenge for the island’s first trophy of the year thanks to good football.
Things started badly for the people of Santiago, because in the 27th minute Jassael Herrera gave the home side the lead. However, the red-blacks did not lose their cool, and their patience was rewarded at the end of the first half, when Neyser Sando had the misfortune of scoring an own goal, betting on a temporary draw.
Already in the extra game, the current Monarchs had Carlos Rafael Espinosa as a hero after the midfielder completed a counter-attack in the 76th minute, giving them an advantage they would not miss again.
With the Apertura set, the stage is ready for the final tournament, the fair, starting on April 15, in which teams from Havana, Matanzas, Guantanamo and Holguin will compete for the absolute title, in addition to the indomitable and southerners. .
Source: Juventud Rebelde