This year’s Copa Argentina has already claimed its fair share of upsets but on Friday afternoon Racing Club and Talleres became the latest victims.
Racing were up against Superliga strugglers Olimpo in the Estadio Florencio Sola and looked to be cruising into the last 16 when Matías Zaracho and Diego González gave La Academia a two-goal half time lead.
However, an Emiliano Tellechea penalty pulled a goal back for the Aurinegro ten minutes after the break and sparked a remarkable shift in momentum.
Tomás Costa rifled in the equaliser from outside the penalty area and a minute late Franco Troyansky put Olimpo ahead as Racing’s defensive frailties showed once again. Luis Vila wrapped up the win in stoppage time and set up a last 16 clash against Nacional B outfit Gimnasia de Mendoza.
That was after the lower league side dumped Talleres out of the competition.
Gimnasia appeared to have snatched the win in the 88th minute when Pablo Cortizo headed the opening goal in Santa Fe but Emanuel Reynoso salvaged a draw for Talleres with the last kick of the game in stoppage time.
With penalties needed to decide the winner, goalkeeper Tomás Marchiori emerged as the hero saving twice to hand Gimnasia a famous win.
Racing, Talleres, Lanús, San Lorenzo and Gimnasia La Plata all out from the same side of the draw has really opened up a route to the final for River Plate if they can get past Defensa y Justicia in the last 16.
Racing Club 2 – 4 Olimpo
Talleres 1 – 1 Gimnasia de Mendoza (2-4 on penalties)