It may be one of the more difficult periods in Club Atlético Huracán’s illustrious history but last night in San Juan, El Globo were crowned Copa Argentina champions, ending a 41-year trophy drought that stretches back to the 1973 Metropolitano title. Their status as one of the 30 Primera teams is still unclear as they currently sit outside the five promotion places in Zona B of the Nacional B but in spite of this they claimed a famous penalty victory over Rosario Central to lift the Copa Argentina and qualify for the 2015 Copa Libertadores.
Once more the Copa Argentina served up a match that was high on tension but low on goals and so after 90 minutes of football yet another penalty shootout was required to separate the sides.
When Gonzalo Martínez and Ramón Ábila both missed their spot kicks early on it looked like another disappointment for Huracán but Central failed to deal with pressure and after missing their opportunity the shoot out went to sudden death. Federico Mancinelli scored for Huracán and it left Marcos Díaz to be the hero, diving to his right to keep out Hernán Encina’s effort.
After 41 years, the celebrations were raucous. Huracán will play in the Copa Libertadores next year but they must swiftly refocus on gaining promotion back to the Primera.
Huracán 0 – 0 Rosario Central (Huracán won 5-4 on penalties)