How was the rivalry between Atlético Nacional and Millonarios born?

The rivalry between the most important teams in Colombia dates back to the quarterfinal series of the Copa Libertadores in 1989, but before going into details we will go to the historical background of this duel between both teams.

Millonarios was the most important team in Colombia between the decades of the 50’s and 80’s, for more than 30 years they dominated Colombian football, winning titles and having the best payrolls compared to those of a River Plate or Real Madrid itself, in fact “the blonde saeta “Alfredo Di Stéfano was a figure in the ‘ambassador’ club where he was transferred to the merengue team where he made history.

Atletico Nacional v Millonarios - Aguila II League 2016 |  Marcos Ruiz / Getty Images

Atletico Nacional v Millonarios – Aguila II League 2016 | Marcos Ruiz / Getty Images

In the definition of the 1988 Colombian championship, Millonarios won the title, leaving Nacional second, both teams were the representatives of Colombia in the 1989 Libertadores Cup, the matches between both teams in the Colombian league always marked a great superiority on the part of the ‘blues’ over the ‘purslanes’, so they were the great favorites; After overcoming the round of 16 phase, both teams met in the quarterfinals.

The first leg was on April 19 at the Atanasio Girardot in the city of Medellín, Nacional won 1-0 with a goal from Albeiro Usuriaga; The return match in Bogotá was on April 26 in a Nemesio Camacho el Campín full of fans who wanted to see their team reverse the series, but the match was tied 1-1 amid controversial plays that pointed to the Chilean referee Hernán Silva influencer on the scoreboard for Nacional to qualify for the semifinal of the Libertadores Cup.

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Attached to this article, we share the complete match, which in its description is outlined minute by minute of the controversial match, so that you can judge that there were arbitration errors that affected both teams.

After this match, Nacional rose to prominence as one of the most important teams in South America by winning the Copa Libertadores and began to have international recognition as the Colombian King of Cups; While Millonarios went from being a leading and stellar team in Colombia to a “supporting actor” team, since it took 24 years for them to achieve a new title in Colombia when they beat Independiente Medellín in 2012.

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