Nacional B club Deportivo Morón continue to dream after knocking out Olimpo and setting up a colossal Copa Argentina semi final clash with giants River Plate.
Having already knocked out Patronato, San Lorenzo and Unión, El Gallo took a fourth Superliga scalp by beating Olimpo 1-0 in Lanús. With little between the two sides, the decisive moment came shortly after half time when goalkeeper Adrián Gabbarini’s feeble attempted punch only served to loop the ball into the air and from almost under the crossbar, Javier Rossi headed home.
Olimpo tried to salvage a equaliser to force penalties but could not find a way past Julio Salvá meaning it was the lower league club that claimed the semi final spot against River Plate. El Gallo will be huge underdogs once again but have pulled off four upsets already so Marcelo Gallardo will be cautious.
In the other half of the draw, Rosario Central claimed a dramatic 3-2 victory over Godoy Cruz in Córdoba.
Paolo Montero was reportedly set to leave the club as manager if Central did not progress so when Fernando Tobio was sent off after just nine seconds, the Uruguayan must have thought his time was up.
Tobio’s last ditch tackle on Santiago García clearly denied a goalscoring opportunity so there could be no real argument over the decision despite it coming immediately from kick off. However, matters got far worse for Central.
Five minutes later, García drilled in the opening goal and when Marco Ruben saw a chance to equalise from the penalty spot denied by goalkeeper Leonardo Burián and Fabrizio Angileri headed Godoy Cruz further in front, the tie looked over.
Despite enduring the worst 45 minutes possible, Central came back strongly after the break and Washington Camacho volleyed a goal back on the hour mark.
A somewhat wild challenge by Guillermo Fernández levelled the numbers and three minutes later, Central were level. Federico Carizzo clipped the ball over Burián and despite Cristian Báez’s attempt to head off the line, it was correctly adjudged to have crossed the line.
The momentum was now firmly with Montero’s side and three minutes from time, Fernando Zampedri rose unmarked at the backpost to head in a winner.
Having lost three consecutive finals, Central’s hopes to finally go one better are alive and they now await either Atlético Tucumán or Vélez Sarsfield in the semi finals.
Rosario Central 3 – 2 Godoy Cruz
Olimpo 0 – 1 Deportivo Morón