Estudiantes take a point in Santa Fe but Newell’s victory over El Decano secures second for El Pincha (VIDEO)


Atlético Tucumán were always outsiders for a spot in the Copa Libertadores but Sunday evening’s defeat in Rosario to Newell’s Old Boys ended any such hope. Mauricio Tévez’s powerful, low drive gave La Lepra a deserved lead and a first goal in over 390 minutes and although the visitors pulled level midway through the second half through Leandro González, they knew that a winner was needed. El Decano pushed forward and two minutes remaining Daniel Mancini raced clear to tap in a second for Newell’s. Despite the disappointment of missing out on second and the Copa Libertadores place it would bring, it has been a wonderful Transición for Atletico.

Given that result, Estudiantes could have lost and still claimed the runners-up spot but Nelson Vivas’ side earned a point against Unión. Juan Ignacio Cavallaro volleyed in an opener from close range but the hosts ensured that El Pincha endured an uncomfortable last five minutes when Rolando García Guerreño headed past Mariano Andujar.

Newell’s Old Boys  2 – 1  Atlético Tucumán

Unión  1 – 1  Estudiantes

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