(ESPN.com services) – Talleres de Córdoba beat Godoy Cruz 1-0 and will play the final in the Argentine Cup against Boca Juniors. The only goal of the match was made by Diego Valoyes from a penalty, 12 minutes into the game. The match was arbitrated by Ariel Penel.
With sold-out tickets in San Luis, the Juan Gilberto Funes stadium was the scene of a match that defined much more than the second finalist of the cup. Boca knew that this victory for the Cordobans would help him in his goal of qualifying for the highest soccer tournament in South America. Before this game, he was out of Libertadores 2022 due to the accumulated in the annual table. However, with this pass to the final of the T, he appears in the qualifying zone.
Sebastián Battaglia’s team will confirm their classification to Libertadores if next Saturday they beat Arsenal in Sarandí, for the Professional League. Meanwhile, the Cordovan also got the ticket to the most important Cup in the continent, regardless of the result they get against Xeneize in the final that will be played next Wednesday, December 8 in Santiago del Estero after beating Argentinos Juniors (1-0 ). Is that the T is eight units from Lanús, with six points in dispute.
The first half was very entertaining. Godoy Cruz left a better image by generating various dangerous situations. Workshops suffered some defensive decoupling, but it also brought danger to the rival goal. However, it was the T that took the lead at the beginning of the complement, through a penalty kick converted by Diego Valoyes.
Two minutes later it was the first dangerous play of the game. Godoy Cruz surprised the left with a deep attack from Martín Ojeda, who finished off crossed and found the reaction of goalkeeper Guido Herrera to pure reflexes to brush the ball and send it to the corner, which was not sanctioned by referee Ariel Penel. Five minutes later it was Damián Pérez who tried from medium distance, while the answer from Talleres came through a great header from Diego Valoyes that was barely deflected.
At 21 ′, Ojeda returned to sting in depth and finished crossed. It was another warning light for the T recoil, which was not fine. However, on offense the Cordoba team threatened to react for three minutes later through Michael Santos. The action was almost perfect and had the acceleration of Valoyes who assisted very well for the forward, who hooked twice and when he was about to score, he was just intercepted.
At 28 ′, Martín Ojeda again brought danger in the area and after hooking he finished off forced, but Herrera controlled without problems. At this point, Godoy Cruz handled the ball much better and turned his game on the right, with Matías Ramírez, Ezequiel Bullaude and the contributions of forward Tomás Badaloni. Talleres tried with a free kick shot by Michael Santos, which goalkeeper Juan Espínola took to the corner, and at the end a header from Komar went very close, although the former Boca Juniors defender was offside.
The last action of the first half was with the great free kick by Martín Ojeda, the great figure of the stage, which Herrera covered and on the rebound Damián Pérez sent it over the top. It was a great chance for Tomba, who went to rest leaving a very good impression.
In the complement, it was Talleres who adjusted the marks and in the first chance he had he converted. Diego Valoyes did it, from a penalty at 12 minutes. The action that resulted in the maximum penalty well sanctioned by Ariel Penel originated with a long ball for Michael Santos who when he was trying to define against Espínola, had to reverse the march due to the sticky mark of Bruno Laws and hooked, causing the fall of his rival also generated by the push of his own goalkeeper.
From the ground, the Tomba midfielder turned and when he extended his arm, he touched the ball with his hand. The Colombian striker defined a stick and put his team ahead, which until now had been surpassed by Godoy Cruz. Although Tomba tried, the general nervousness added to the fact that the Cacique Medina team defended well, they could not find that goal that would take the definition to penalties. Gonzalo Ábrego had the goal on his feet, but his shot was deflected with a few minutes remaining to finish the match that finally went to the Cordoba team.
Workshops arrived in better condition. It is located in the second position of the Argentine tournament with 43 points and lost one of the last six games (5-2 against Gimnasia en el Bosque). In the case of those led by Diego Flores, after a promising start to the cycle (unbeaten in seven games), the results were irregular and they are in 14th position with 30 points. He won one of the last five and was the most recent against Patronato in Paraná (3-0).
The closest antecedent was that of November 6, where they met at the Malvinas Argentinas stadium in Mendoza and was a 2-0 victory for Talleres with goals from Rafael Pérez and Komar, both in the second half of the match.