It wasn’t supposed to be so difficult for in-form Independiente against Federal B side Camioneros but a well below-par performance from many of Ariel Holan’s second string almost led to a major upset in the Copa Argentina.
Much was made in the build-up of the match pitting Independiente president Hugo Moyano against his son Pablo, president of Camioneros and were it not for El Rojo goalkeeper Martin Campaña, family relations could have become very strained.
A outstanding save by the Uruguayan in the penalty shootout allowed Gustavo Toledo to stroke home the winner in sudden death but Ariel Holan will be disappointed with how his side performed so soon after an outstanding clásico victory.
Things may have been different had Lucas Albertengo’s goal after three minutes stood but the officials decided the ball hadn’t crossed the line and from that point on, El Rojo were laboured.
Camioneros threatened late on and Independiente substitute Martín Benítez hit the post but penalties were required and eventually El Rojo prevailed.
Atlético Tucumán or All Boys await in the last 32.