In another edition of the ‘Clasico Paisa’, Atletico Nacional will host Independiente Medellin this Saturday, March 18, 2017 (5:45 PM Pacific) at the Estadio Atanasio Girardot. This game will be the must-watch game of the week in the Liga Aguila not only due to the high in-city rivalry, but also because both teams are in the one-two positions in the regular standings.
Atletico Nacional keeps on demonstrating why they are the biggest threat in all of Colombian football. The team coached by Reinaldo Rueda sits in 2nd place 5 points behind their Saturday rivals with 17 points after 5 wins, 2 ties, and 0 losses. The 5 point difference will potentially be diminished as the ‘verdolagas’ have played two less games than first placed Medellin.
During the week Atletico Nacional suffered a loss in their first game of the Copa Libertadores after falling 1-2 against a surprisingly potent Barcelona from Ecuador. ‘El verde’ may unfortunately have to play without their star Magnelly Torres who is rehabilitating from an injury.
Independiente de Medellin has been phenomenal this season, leading the standings with 22 points while also having a league best 19 goals. The team coached by Luis Zubeldia will take a solid hold of first place if they win at their ‘home’ but in a stadium brushed by green. Like Nacional, Medellin also lost during the week in Copa Libertadores; 0-3 against River Plate.
This will be the 291st edition of the ‘clasico’ during a regular season discounting the Copa Colombia. Historically, the ‘verdolagas’ have won a total of 118 games, Medellin 92, with 80 draws.
How to Watch Atletico Nacional vs Independiente Medellin
The Atletico Nacional vs Independiente Medellin match will be broadcast this Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 5:45 PM Pacific:
TV Schedule: RCN Nuestra Tele