Two of the challengers for the Primera title will do battle once more on November 4th after Boca Juniors and Rosario Central overcame their semi-final opponents with varying amounts of difficulty. Boca, on course for a league and cup double, did not have to get past second gear to see off a poor Lanús side in San Juan and Central were grateful to goal-machine Marco Ruben for securing a one-nil victory against Racing in Salta.
Such was the lack of quality from Lanús that Boca had more or less killed off their semi-final after 45 minutes and although Rodolfo Arruabarrena’s side were only two goals to the good, the truth is that it could and perhaps should have been more. Nicolás Lodeiro thumped Los Xeneizes in front from the penalty spot and Carlos Tevez added a second shortly after with a goal that highlighted the Argentina international’s superior strength and technique. With the game all but over, El Granate enjoyed a little more possession but Boca had already claimed their place in the final.
Later, in Salta things were far more even but it was Rosario Central, and predictably Marco Ruben, who nicked it. A closely fought opening 45 minutes was broken in stoppage time when Racing switched off and left the Primera División’s most lethal striker unmarked just six yards out from goal. The 28-year-old made no mistake in powering his header past Sebastián Saja and despite the second half following a similar pattern, Ruben’s goal proved decisive. Both sides finished with ten but it was Eduardo Coudet’s side left to celebrate taking the final step towards Copa Argentina glory.