América de Cali managed to defeat Deportivo Cali 0-1 this Saturday in the Valle del Cauca classic corresponding to the ninth date and in which the Venezuelan Rafael Dudamel made his debut as coach of the eleventh “Azucarero”.
Those led by Juan Carlos Osorio achieved the only goal of the night with Emerson Batalla, who released a left-footed shot from about 20 meters to leave Paraguayan goalkeeper Guillermo de Amores without an option, who, although he flew for the ball, could do nothing.
With this result, the "Red Devils" rose, at least for the moment, to sixth place in the leaderboard with 14 points, sinking those of Dudamel who are now in box 15 with just 9 units out of 27 possible.
This was Dudamel's debut with Deportivo Cali, which he came to replace Uruguayan Alfredo Arias, who left due to disappointing results.
Ángelo Rodríguez missed a penalty for Deportivo Cali, which had all its heavy artillery commanded by striker Teófilo Gutiérrez, who has not yet managed to clear with his new team.
Osorio, true to his principles, presented a team that included Larry Angulo at the wheel, who made his debut with the team. Deinner Quiñones, Jeison Lucumí and Adrián Ramos were not present for different reasons.
On the tenth round, América de Cali will host Jaguares, while Deportivo Cali will visit Deportes Tolima.
On the other hand, Patriotas and Envigado equalized 0-0 and Águilas Doradas defeated Once Caldas 3-2, while Deportivo Independiente Medellín managed to win a victory away from Jaguares with a goal scored by striker Leonardo Castro with 12 minutes remaining to end the game.
Despite the fact that Medellín won, it is far from having a team that expresses confidence in its fans with its game. Anyway, the three points keep him with the option of getting among the eight teams that go to the next round.
It is expected that with the arrival of coach Julio Comesaña the team will improve in what will be the fourth stage of the 73-year-old Uruguayan.
The day continues this Sunday with the Atlético Bucaramanga-Millonarios, Deportivo Pereira-Junior and Atlético Nacional-La Equidad matches.
Monday closes the date with when Deportes Quindío receives Deportivo Pasto and Atlético Huila to Deportes Tolima.