Boca Juniors’ hopes of a league and cup double are still very much intact after Wednesday night’s victory against Defensa y Justicia in the Copa Argentina quarter finals. Carlos Tevez, who has found himself in the news this week after breaking the leg of Ezequiel Ham on Saturday, had a golden opportunity to give Boca a first half lead in Córdoba after Jonathan Calleri was upended by goalkeeper, Gabriel Arias. However, the resulting penalty from Tevez was sent high into the stands and Defensa y Justicia breathed a sigh of collective relief. Obviously not content with gifting Boca just one chance, Arias then made a complete hash of claiming a ball outside his area and allowed Tevez to run beyond him unchallenged and slide the ball into the empty net. To their credit, Defensa y Justicia found an equaliser through Nicolás Bertocchi but within minutes Boca were back in front through the unlikeliest of sources. When the ball fell to 19-year-old, Adrián Cubas, 35 yards from goal, Defensa could be excused for thinking there was little danger but the defensive midfielder let rip with an unstoppable right-footed shot into the top corner for his first professional goal. A semi-final against Lanús lies between Boca and a Copa Argentina final but Rodolfo Arruabarrena will not want anything to disrupt their league title challenge.
Rosario Central joined Boca in the semi-final after coming from behind against Estudiantes in San Juan to set-up a clash with Racing. Israel Damonte headed Estudiantes into a half-time lead but Eduardo Coudet’s Central showed just why they have challenged for the Primera title this season with an excellent response. José Luís Fernández’s cross-cum-shot caught Hilario Navarro off-guard and beat the goalkeeper at his near post to level the scores and with fifteen minutes remaining, Marco Ruben slid in the winner.