Club Atletico Nacional 2013 Postobon League Champion

Today marks the day that Medellin’s Club Atletico Nacional football club won its twelfth league title.

From the first minute of the game Nacional came out in attack mode, seemingly catching Santa Fe off-guard.  At minute 38 of the first half Jefferson Duque received a ball just outside the 18 yard line, dribbled through two defenders, squared the ball with his right foot, and hit it low and hard past the Santa Fe goalkeeper for the first goal.  The goal cast a silence over the Sanata Fe fan filled stadium.  Santa Fe tried to mount a comeback before the end of the first half to no avail.  Atletico Nacional went into the locker room at the half leading 1 – 0.

The second half was was hard fought by both teams.  As time wound down and it looked as if Nacional was going to be crowned champion with a score of 1 to 0 Nacional broke out in a two man counterattack.  Luis F. Mosquera was wide open in front of the net to put another one past the keeper at minute 83.  After the 4 minutes of extra time that the fourth referee had granted the whistle blew and Nacional was crowned champion once again.

Colombia has two football seasons.  The next season will start this December.

Glossary

Seemingly: is an adverb synonymous with apparently.
Off-guard: this is part of the phrasal verb to catch someone off-guard. This means to surprise someone, usually referring to when attacking.
Dribbled: is the past tense of the verb to dribble.  In this context to dribble means to move the ball forward with your feet.
Squared: is the past tense of the verb to square. In football terminology it means to put the ball in a comfortable position to be kicked.
Cast: is an irregular verb and it means to send. Present: Cast, past: cast, past participle: cast.
Comeback: in this context it is used as a noun.  A comeback is the event of coming back from a deficit.  For example:  The team was behind 2 goals to 0, they played very hard and scored 2 goals, they made a big comeback to tie the game.
Avail:  is a noun and it means benefit or advantage.
Wound down: is the past tense of the phrasal verb to wind down.  It  means to decrease gradually.  Santa Fe was getting desperate as time was winding down.
Counterattack: is used as a noun in this article.  It is an attack made in response to an attack by the opposition.
Granted: is the past tense of the verb to grant, which is synonymous with the verb to give.

About the Medellin Buzz

The Medellin Buzz is for English as a Second Language students to practice and learn with.  The Medellin Buzz is written in a way that is easy to understand.  The difficult vocabulary words are in bold, these words are defined in the Glossary.

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Atletico Nacional 2013 Postobon League Champion

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