El equipo de Santiago de Cuba celebra la conquista del cetro en el Torneo Apertura de la 106 Liga Cubana de fútbol. Foto: Miguel Rubiera Justiz/ACN

Football: Santiago de Cuba is crowned in the Apertura tournament

The team of Santiago de Cuba added one more crown to its showcases by winning this Sunday the Opening Tournament of the 106th edition of the Cuban League of soccerby thrashing Artemisa 7-0, official media on the Island report.

The people from Santiago, who with their victory consolidated themselves as the most stable cast of this sport in recent years, secured themselves as hosts of the final duel on the last date of the regular calendar, and the “Antonio Maceo” stadium witnessed the presence of a single team on the field, review the newspaper Granma.

The Red Devils, as the team from eastern Cuba is also known, imposed their favoritism from the first minute by controlling the ball and pressing well above an Artemisa squad, which reached the crucial match after dominating group A and being the most successful until the end of the qualifying phase, reports the media.

The information specifies that the locals, with a list of higher technical quality and several members with experience in the national team, dominated the ball at will, while Sagebrush He didn’t know how to find the balance in the midfield to open spaces and generate his speed game.

Three of the five goals were traced plays; center from the right wing and header, without any opposition, executed by Rolando Abreu (minutes 9 and 47) and Jorge Villalón (27), while Christian Flores (74) also added a perforation, adds the midfielder.

Forward Bryan Savigne (69) and substitute Luis Escuela Labrada (81) joined the scoring banquet before Abreu completed his hat trick in the 87th minute to put definitive figures on the board, the information refers.

For its part, the Artemisa squad suffered from the absence of several players who sustained their previous good performance, while striker Yasnay ​​Rivero, the tournament’s leading scorer with a dozen perforations, “was very lonely in attack,” the publication notes.

About the decisive duel, the information from Granma considers that “although it was not a disputed and entertaining game, and the offensive actions were favored by one side, the great work of the Red Devils cannot be denied, who launch their candidacy for the upcoming Closing Tournament 2022”.

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