Trailing three-nil from the first leg, Huracán’s Copa Sudamericana campaign looked virtually over barely before it had begun but a remarkable 4-0 win over Deportivo Anzoátegui in Parque Patricios sent El Globo through to the next round of the Copa Sudamericana.
Diego Mendoza’s first half goal had Juan Manuel Azconzábal’s side ahead but with a lot still to do at the break but when Norberto Briasco headed in the second, belief in the comeback swelled.
El Globo were all over their Venezuelan visitors and when Leandro Cuomo volleyed in a superb third, there appeared to be only one winner. Three-up on the night, the tie was heading for extra-time but Alejandro Romero Gamarra won it in stoppage time to seal a memorable victory in the Estadio Tomás Adolfo Ducó.
A little later in Peru, Independiente deservedly saw off the challenge of Alianza Lima and while the aggregate score was only 1-0, El Rojo’s superiority was clear.
The concern for Ariel Holan was that his side’s profligacy in Avellaneda would be punished but after already having one goal chalked off for offside, Emiliano Rigoni scored the vital away goal.
It could have been more but in the end the visitors cruised to the win and the second round of the tournament.
Huracán 4 – 0 Deportivo Anzoátegui (AGG 4-3)
Alianza Lima 0 – 1 Independiente (AGG 0-1)