The final of the Futve League was played with the tension typical of a classic, with more nerves than football in wide passages of the match played at the Olímpico.
Both teams had chances to define the game in the 90 minutes of regulation time, but the rush of Caracas on the one hand and the saving interventions of Beycker Velásquez on the other, led the duel to the chance of penalties, where exhaustion, the Pressure and the skill of goalkeeper Cristopher Varela gave Deportivo Táchira the title, its ninth in its history and the first as a visitor at the staunch rival's home.
Caracas suffered throughout the game from the haste and inaccuracies of its midfielders. Edson Castillo repeatedly failed in his attempts to play long. He never managed to connect with Bonsu Osei, Akinyoola, and Richard Celis.
The desperation to solve the game in a single action, as if looking for a knockout blow, clouded his serenity to generate a game circuit with his teammates. The virus of imprecision also infected his squires in the middle of the field.
Leo Flores was lost in the thick of the game and in the only counterattack action that Caracas had in the first 45 minutes, the youthful Manuel Sulbarán failed to put the cross pass, when Akinyoola fell only on the left wing to finish off with space .
The second part was a gunmen's duel between Bonsu and Gondola that the goalkeepers won. The Ghanaian hit a bomb that Varela covered and another shot that crashed into the base of the left post. The Panamanian responded with two cannon shots that were repelled by Velásquez. But Bonsu was swallowed up by the pressure of the classic.
The anxiety of winning the game and dedicating himself to red blinded him. He won a second yellow and a very silly expulsion, for reprimanding referee Jesús Valenzuela with excessive vehemence.
With one down, Caracas cherished the feat of lifting the Cup in the only notable action from Castillo, who unleashed a venomous mid-range shot that passed near the crossbar in the last minute of added time.
If Táchira managed to get out of the Olímpico well, it was due in large part to the remarkable defensive work that Jesús Quintero did on Akinyoola. The Aurinegro defender won all the duels he had with the Beninese Akinyoola.
It prevented him from receiving with space, he disarmed him in one-on-one duels without incurring excesses, stripping him of the ball to prevent the Caracas striker from making his way with his power and speed.
The two overtimes were a want and not be able to for Deportivo Táchira. The entrance of Marlon “Meñique” Fernández changed the dynamics. He moved the ball from side to side and complicated the Caracas defense with his crossed throws. Nelson Hernández had the best chance but his header went high and went over the crossbar.
Caracas' chances of winning in the extra 30 minutes faltered when Akinyoola collapsed on the ground, exhausted from running so much without any destination on the field, and could not even appear when deciding everything from the point of punishment.
Táchira had dominated the game from the tactical application. He closed the Caracas pass lanes, destroyed Bonsu's nerves, knocked out Akinyoola and displayed more poise to score his four title-winning shots. It was an emotional final, fought, that crowned the best approach of the aurinegros.
The Futve League scored a great goal with the diffusion of the championship
It is undeniable the takeoff that the Futve League has had since it took the reins of the championship and it no longer depends for its organization on the decisions of the Venezuelan Football Federation. Under the presidency of Akram Almatni the championship reached a projection in the media like never before.
It must be recognized that professional football returned to the screens of the public television system, under the management of today's Vice Minister, William Castillo, who opened the doors of Tves for the dissemination of the professional tournament and sport in general.
But this year, the Futve League managed to get other national media such as Venevisión to broadcast the days, in addition to Tves, and to see each of the matches. Internationally, the Liga Futve could also be seen through the Goal TV platform.
The attention to the media that we covered the final at the Olímpico was generous, from the moment of accreditation. The excellent work carried out by the entire communication team, led by Juan Sifontes, disseminating historical data, interviews and anecdotes on the social networks of the Futve League deserves special recognition.
The staging of the last game with safety for the fans, the impeccable transmission and the sober awards ceremony was at the height of such an important event.
However, there is still room for improvement. It would be necessary to place Internet connections for the media, essential in these times of informative immediacy. And place desks for those of us who go to the stadium with computers to review from the press box. These are details that must be taken care of.