(ESPN.com services) – He suffered, but took another step. Racing Club eliminated San Martín de San Juan in the 16th final of the Argentine Cup, with goalkeeper Gabriel Arias as a figure, by saving two penalties in the definition. The game was won by the Academy 2-0, but they tied and later triumphed 4-1 from 12 steps at the Julio Humberto Grondona stadium, from Arsenal de Sarandí.
The Academy took the initiative in the clash that had the refereeing of Silvio Trucco and, two minutes later, had the first with a shot by Fabricio Domínguez that went over the crossbar. It was a good diagonal from the midfielder.
Seven minutes later Lucas Orbán opened to the left and Eugenio Mena sent a good cross that Lorenzo Melgarejo headed and the ball hit the right post of goalkeeper Juan Pablo Cozzani. The San Juan team immediately responded with Lucas Campana who hit a right hand that Gabriel Arias deflected.
Towards the half hour of the initial part, the Cuyo team approached with more desire than precision, while the cast of Avellaneda took advantage of some space against with a quick Enzo Copetti.
But at 34 minutes, after a free kick from the right executed by Matías Rojas and Mauricio Martínez, he connected from the right and put Racing ahead.
Although Juan Antonio Pizzi’s team was up on the scoreboard, in the initial stage it was an even game.
In the first 15 minutes in the complement both teams did not reach the opposing areas in danger. Until at 17, Tomás Chancalay faced on the right and within the area he assisted Copetti who converted the second for Racing.
At 29, the Cuyo team could have discounted, although Matías Giménez’s shot went over the crossbar. But at 35, Giménez himself had a revenge and headed the discount for San Martín. Three minutes later, Ezequiel Rescaldani turned the equality for the Cuyanos in less than ten minutes they revived and even showed themselves with possibilities of getting up on the scoreboard.
Already in penalties, the best definition of the Academy prevailed, which breathed a sigh of relief and got into the round of 16.