Independiente Medellin win fifth Colombian title

BOGOTA - Independiente Medellin lifted their fifth Colombian league title with a 2-2 draw at home to Atletico Huila in the second leg of the Clausura championship final.

Medellin won the final 3-2 on aggregate following a 1-0 away win over Huila in Wednesday's first leg.

The championship's top scorer, Colombia striker Jackson Martinez who scored the only goal of the first leg, found the net again for Medellin in Sunday's decider watched by 45,000 spectators at the Atanasio Girardot stadium.

Huila went in front against the run of play when Ervin Maturana headed home a corner three minutes before halftime.

Martinez equalised in the 68th minute to take his tally to 18 goals in 26 matches, a record since the introduction of two championships per season in 2002.

Luis Mosquera put the home side ahead five minutes later only for Lewis Ochoa to bring Huila level with six minutes remaining in a dramatic finale.

Medellin lost three of their 26 matches and were unbeaten in the last 12.

"I'm very happy. I thank everyone who believed in us," Medellin coach and former Colombia midfielder Leonel Alvarez told reporters.


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