|A late equaliser brought Velez Sarsfield back into the game in El Campin, frustrating the enterprising Colombians on their home turf and ensuring that the Fortin would defend an away goal in the second leg.
In a tense tie on Tuesday evening marked by numerous fouls and stoppages in play, it was Santa Fe who took the lead 25 minutes into the game. Veteran Argentine midfielder Gerardo Bedoya did the damage; the ex-Racing Club and Colon man left Marcelo Barovero completely wrong-footed in the Velez goal as he fired in a free kick from distance.
The Expreso did not capitalise on their early lead, however, and fell back into a defensive pattern which encouraged the away team to push forward. Bedoya was to see red in the final minutes after picking up a second booking, but not before David Ramirez brought the game back on an equal footing.
The playmaker started a Fortin counter-attack in his own half, and ran no less than 72m to meet Papa's cross with a driven volley which flew into the bottom corner. Velez take a slim advantage back to the return match, which will be played on November 10.