Pavone brace fires Estudiantes past Nacional Potosí as Ascacibar bids farewell ahead of Zenit move (VIDEO)

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Estudiantes were slightly fortunate to nick a victory in the altitude of Potosí last month but required no such luck, only the goal scoring instincts of Mariano Pavone to complete the job in La Plata on Thursday.

A reckless challenge on Sebastián Dubarbier presented Pavone with the chance to slot home a penalty in first half stoppage time and when the 35-year-old nodded in a second with 20 minutes remaining, any slim chance of a shock was extinguished.

With Estudiantes able to canter towards full time, manager Gustavo Matosas substituted midfielder Santiago Ascacibar, allowing the 20-year-old to say goodbye and receive a standing ovation from the supporters ahead of his $10 million move to Zenit St. Petersburg.

Ascacibar will be a great miss for El Pincha but with a new season just a few weeks away and a Copa Sudamericana last 16 clash against Paraguayan club Nacional, life goes on.

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