Atlanta booked their place in the Copa Argentina last 16 on Thursday with a 3-1 win over Club Pacífico in Caseros.
Three lower league clubs had already made it through to the Copa Argentina last 16 and a fourth was guaranteed as Primera B metropolitana club Atlanta met Club Pacífico of the Torneo Federal B.
A day late due to a floodlight failure, Atlanta swiftly took advantage thanks to a controversial penalty after eight minutes. Braian Mirando tucked away the spotkick but Pacífico’s outrage with referee Mariano González set the tone for the game.
Maximiliano Montiveros was sent off shortly after for a reckless tackle and although the ten men equalised through Ariel Olguín’s header, Atlanta were soon back in front, Adrián Martínez heading in unmarked.
As the half time whistle blew, Pacífico rounded on González and after words were exchanged goalscorer Olguín was shown his side’s second red of the afternoon.
Down to nine, Pacífico didn’t learn and as players continued to argue before the start of the second half, Lucas Alférez was also given his marching orders.
Atlanta playing against eight were able to take a foot off the gas and bundled a third goal in stoppage time off Pacífico defender Luciano Peinado.
The Mendocinos won’t be happy but it is Atlanta who face Belgrano in the last 16, in what has been a surprising half of the Copa Argentina draw.