Celebrating Colombian players die in car crash

Sept 21--Two players from Colombian first division side Atletico Huila and a woman travelling with them were killed in a car crash on Sunday, police said.

Teenage striker Herman Cordoba, midfielder Mario Beltran, 23, and the unnamed woman were killed when the car in which they had gone out to celebrate Saturday's 2-1 win over Pereira was involved in a collision with a bus and caught fire.

A third player, whom police identified as Juan Restrepo, was badly hurt in the crash on the highway between Rivera and Neiva, where Huila are based in southwestern Colombia.

Club sources said the players had gone out to celebrate Saturday's result, including a 79th-minute equaliser by Cordoba, which took the team back to the top of the first division Clausura championship.

Cordoba, 19, was the championship's third highest scorer with seven goals from 10 games.

Pereira took a shock lead after less than a minute with a header from defender Andres Ramirez. Right back Lewis Ochoa scored Huila's winner in the final minute.
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