Argentina defender Gabriel Mercado is expected to join Jorge Sampaoli’s ever-increasing legion of compatriots at Sevilla this week but signed off in style for River Plate with a stoppage time penalty to wrap up a 3-0 win against Sportivo Rivadavia in the Copa Argentina.
Lucas Alario volleyed River into an early lead in Formosa and when Ignacio Fernández rifled in a second from the edge of the penalty area before the break, it was clear there would be no upset.
Mercado was handed penalty duty in the dying stages and the 29-year-old, who has been linked with a move away from the Monumental all summer, now looks set to seal a €3 million switch to Sevilla.
On Saturday, San Lorenzo also made sure of their place in the last 32 of the Copa Argentina with a 3-1 win over Unión de Sunchales. The match was a competitive debut for new coach Diego Aguirre and a first game back for the returning Fabricio Coloccini.
San Lorenzo weren’t spectacular but had too much for their lower league opposition and Nicolás Blandi goals either side of a superb Martín Cauteruccio volley ensured that Bauman’s header after his initial penalty had been saved was nothing more than a consolation.
The last 32 is now complete and the draw looks like this….
San Lorenzo 3 – 1 Unión de Sunchales
River Plate 3 – 0 Sportivo Rivadavia