Banfield took the final place in the pre-Copa Sudamericana playoff finals after a 1-0 victory over Argentinos Juniors on Tuesday night. Colombian forward Juan Cazares’ 30-yard screamer proved to be sufficient to progress at the expense of Los Bichos and set up a clash with Aldosivi.
Argentinos Juniors produced one of their better performances of recent weeks but still lacked a cutting edge and other than Lautaro Rinaldi’s long range effort which came back off the bar, they failed to really open the home side.
El Taladro know that they will be without striker Mauricio Cuero for 2016 with a switch to Levante already agreed but they will be desperate to retain 23-year-old Juan Cazares. The lively forward is always capable of scoring a golazo and so it proved against Argentinos just before half-time.
Banfield 1 – 0 Argentinos Juniors
Pre-Copa Sudamericana playoff finals
Belgrano v Colón
Estudiantes v Olimpo
Banfield v Aldosivi
Gimnasia v Lanús
The ties will be played over two legs with the winners of each tie qualifying for the 2016 Copa Sudamericana. They will be joined by the losing side in the Copa Libertadores playoff final between Independiente and Racing.