Atlético Tucumán defeat Junior to take place in Copa Libertadores group stage (VIDEO)


History was made in the Estadio Monumental José Fierro on Thursday night as Atlético Tucumán successfully overturned their first leg defeat to Junior to claim a place in the Copa Libertadores group stage for the first time.

Last season’s lofty league position and subsequent qualification to the pre-qualifying rounds was achievement enought but El Decano secured a spot in group five after a 3-1 second leg victory.

A sluggish Junior side were severely punished in the opening 30 minutes with Rodrigo Aliendro, Cristian Menéndez and Fernando Zampedri all profiting from slack defending to thrust El Decano into a three-goal lead within half an hour.

Pablo Lavallén’s were cruising into the group stage but there was enough time for things to become very nervy.

Sebastián Hernández rifled a goal back with less than ten minutes to play and were it not for the superb reflexes of Cristian Luchetti, the Colombians would have snatched a second to nick the tie on away goals.

The home side held on and will now face Peñarol, Palmeiras and Jorge Wilstermann in group five.

Atlético Tucumán  3 – 1  Junior (AGG 3-2)


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