After a few upsets in this year’s Copa Argentina already, Defensa y Justicia and Belgrano ensured they didn’t join the list with victories on Wednesday over lower league opposition.
Sebastián Beccacece looks set to leave El Halcón to join Jorge Sampaoli within the Argentina coaching set-up but continued his fine work in Florencio Varela by overseeing progression to the last 32 with a win over Sol de Mayo.
Three second half goals by Nicolás Stefanelli, Alexander Barboza and Andrés Rios sent Defensa y Justicia through to meet either Temperley or Sportivo Las Parejas.
Belgrano had things a little tougher against Primera B side Estudiantes in Santa Fe but eventually claimed victory on penalties.
Having missed a first half spot kick, the Primera club took the lead soon after the break when Fernando Márquez scored from close range. However, Lucas Passerini swiftly brought Estudiantes level and when Matías Suárez was sent off, another shock looked on the cards.
Neither side could find a winner in normal time and when Estudiantes goalkeeper Joaquín Pucheta blazed over the final penalty in the shootout, it handed the win to Belgrano. El Pirata will play Gimnasia or Defensores de Belgrano de Villa Ramallo in the next round.
Belgrano 1 – 1 Estudiantes (Pens 3-2)
Defensa y Justicia 3 – 0 Sol de Mayo