A season long struggle finally came to an end in a rain-soaked La Plata earlier this afternoon as Independiente defeated Huracán in their Nacional B playoff. After their first season outside the top flight, El Rojo will be back in the Primera División for the start of the Torneo Transición.
Amid pretty dreadful conditions Independiente triumphed in what was a tense and tight affair with Huracán, who will point to a wrongly ruled out offside goal as a legitimate grievance.
A close opening period was finally broken when Independiente broke from a Huracán corner. The tricky Matías Pisano carried the ball from inside his own half and although his initial effort was blocked by Marcos Díaz, Martín Zapata followed up to give El Rojo the lead at the break.
As expected Huracán came out the stronger of the two sides and should have been level when Ramón Ábila headed past Ruso Rodríguez only to see the linesman flag for offside. It was a huge let off for Independiente and ultimately decisive.
With minutes remaining and El Globo committing more players forward, Independiente broke and Francisco Pizzini was able to beat Díaz and wrap up an emotional victory for Independiente.
It has been an awful season for one of Argentina’s biggest sides and although the club is still blighted by off-field issues, gaining promotion was critical.