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Magallanes saw his streak of four consecutive victories in all competitions come to a halt after losing to Colo Colo last weekend 2-0, but he will seek to recover in the Copa Libertadores, a continental tournament where he already endorsed a 6-1 aggregate win over Always Ready in the previous round. The fact of playing «at home», since this game will be played at the El Teniente Stadium (Rancagua), could also be positive, since the «Academy» has added three games without losing in the local designation (G2, E1).

That 2-0 loss to Colo Colo was also only the third game (of nine) in all competitions that has not recorded goals for both teams, so Magallanes’ matches tend to deliver quite the appeal for rival fans. This will be his first match against a Colombian team in a continental club competition, but his record at home in this type of international match is positive — he is unbeaten in three games (W2, D1), although in only one of them he managed to keep his unbeaten goal.

Independiente Medellín made it to this third place in the preliminary phase of the Copa Liberadores 2023 after beating El Nacional in a rather complicated game that was only defined by a goal difference (overall: 4-3) after a victory for the team.» cafetero” 2-1 in Medellín. Like Magallanes, the «DIM» also arrives at this qualifying match at a good time and is that it is undefeated in each of its last four official matches (G3, E1), winning the last three consecutively.

Three of the last four DIM games have ended with more than 2.5 goals in total and that includes the two matches in the previous tie against El Nacional, so the expectations of a match with a lot of emotions remain latent. DIM’s defensive solidity is also something to consider, having kept clean sheets in two of their last three games and in their most recent away game. However, having registered just two wins in their last 10 away games makes them look at this game with some suspicion (W2, D5, L3).

Players to watch: Tomás Aránguiz provided two assists in Magallanes’ 3-1 win over Always Ready in Bolivia, and he is expected to be part of the starting XI for this clash after coming on as a substitute in the loss to Colo Colo . DIM will be without Diber Cambindo due to an injury, so the attack will be led by Luciano Pons, who has scored one goal and three assists in all competitions so far.

Outstanding fact: DIM has played four games against Chilean teams in its history and only recorded one victory (W1, D2, P1), and in the two games it played on Chilean soil, it conceded goals against.