(ESPN.com) – The moment of truth has arrived. This Friday at 7 p.m., at the San Juan Bicentennial Stadium, Racing Club and Colón de Santa Fe will seek the 2021 League Cup title.
The meeting will be directed by Néstor Pitana, and televised by FOX Sports Premium.
It will be a final between two teams that arrive differently. Colón, a team that has an identity and that undisputedly won its area in the group stage, will face Racing that qualified for the quarterfinals on the last date, but is on the rise, at least since the results.
While the Academy will seek to add their national cup number 14, the Santa Fe will go for the first official title in their history in First. It must be remembered that in 2019, Sabalero reached the final of the Copa Sudamericana but lost to Independiente del Valle 3 to 1.
Columbus arrived at this stage with less suffering. After beating Talleres by penalties 5 to 3 (the game in the 90 minutes ended tied 1 to 1), he beat Independiente 2-0 without discussion.
Racing, meanwhile, won both times on penalties after equalizing in ninety minutes. First he defeated Vélez (4-2) and then Boca for the same result. Something striking: in neither of the two games did he score goals.
Eduardo Domínguez’s team has a team that brings together youth and experience, including Pulga Rodríguez, Alexis Castro and Uruguayan goalkeeper Leonardo Burián, among others.
Rodríguez, who could play his last game with Colón, since his contract expires at the end of the month, is the team’s and tournament’s top scorer, with 8 wins, since for now he shares with River’s striker, the Colombian Santos I deleted.
Racing, for its part, will not have two key pieces. As it happened against Boca, Juan Antonio Pizzi will not have Gabriel Arias and defender Eugenio Mena, both summoned to the Chilean National Team.
However, the goalkeeper’s replacement, Gastón “Chila” Gómez, performed perfectly to qualify for the final from penalties, and also showed confidence throughout the game. Lucas Orban, who played for Mena, was another who did not disappoint against Boca.
The coach will have players who have been fundamental, such as striker Enzo Copetti and his attacking partner Tomás Chancalay, the scorer of the Pizzi cycle with 10 goals, adding the local tournament and the Copa Libertadores. In addition, Ignacio Piatti and Leonel Miranda contribute theirs in the middle of the field.
At this moment of such a particular pandemic, there will be some absences due to Covid 19. Colón will not be able to count on forward Facundo Farías, who tested positive; neither will the defenders Rafael Delgado (suspended) and Bruno Bianchi, torn. Racing, also due to Covid, was left without the steering wheel Julián López, but will have the return of Mauricio Martínez.
In case of equality in the 90 minutes, there will be extra time and if the tie is not broken, definition by penalties.
RACING CLUB: Gastón Gómez; Juan Cáceres, Leonardo Sigali, Nery Domínguez and Lucas Orban; Mauricio Martínez, Leonel Miranda and Ignacio Piatti; Tomás Chancalay, Enzo Copetti and Darío Cvitanich. DT: Juan Antonio Pizzi.
COLÓN DE SANTA FE: Leonardo Burián; Facundo Mura, Facundo Garcés, Gonzalo Piovi and Gonzalo Escobar; Alexis Castro, Federico Lértora and Rodrigo Aliendro; Cristian Bernardi; Luis Miguel Rodríguez and Nicolás Leguizamón. DT: Eduardo Domínguez.
STADIUM: Bicentennial of San Juan.
REFEREE: Nestor Pitana
TV: FOX Sports Premium.