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Nacional aims to overcome Superliga final disappointment

IANS  |  Bogota 

Colombian club Atletico will look to recover from a bitter defeat at home against when it hosts in a much-anticipated second-round match on Saturday.

Medellin-based is facing a disgruntled fan base after losing 1-2 on Wednesday night (and 1-2 on aggregate) to at in the final of the 2018 Superliga Colombiana, reports

The Superliga pits the winners of the previous year's Apertura and Finalizacion tournaments, who square off in a two-leg clash in January and early February.

The club, whose president, Andres Botero, resigned on Thursday in the wake of the defeat, is the most successful club in league with 16 titles, one more than

On Saturday, may have the services of 33-year-old creative Macnelly Torres, whose expected move to Santa Fe fell through after he resolved his difficulties with the club.

Torres' return is expected to give a boost to Nacional, which played without the in both of its Superliga games and in its unconvincing 1-0 victory on Sunday over Tolima in the first round of the new Apertura tournament.

Santa Fe, for its part, comes into Saturday's match after putting on a poor performance at home in the first round against Tunja-based

Uruguayan needs a to fill the shoes of attacking Omar Perez, who has left Santa Fe after a nine-year stint in which the team won nine titles,

That search continues after the was unable to land Torres.



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First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 14:12 IST