River Plate secured the first spot in the last 16 of this year’s Copa Argentina but Gimnasia have swiftly joined them after victory over Olimpo in Neuquén on Sunday.
The recently relegated Olimpo were denied by the woodwork early on but were undone shortly before half time when Gimnasia forward Matías Gómez pounced on some hesitant defending to skip past goalkeeper Robertino Lanziani and roll in the opener.
That was enough and Pedro Troglio’s side will now face either Platense or the winner of Boca Juniors versus Alvarado.
Gimnasia 1 – 0 Olimpo
The curious scheduling of the Copa Argentina meant teams were still battling for a place in the last 32 while Gimnasia booked a spot in the last 16 and Temperley and Almagro both managed that with 1-0 wins over the weekend.
Temperley, another of the recently relegated Superliga sides, faced Estudiantes de Buenos Aires in Sarandí and thanks to Lucas Mancinelli’s goal in the opening minute managed to edge their way into the next round, where Deportivo Maipú lie in wait.
And Almagro managed victory against Nacional B rivals Gimnasia de Jujuy to set up a clash with Cipolletti. Both sides had chances in Temperley but the tie was settled in the 73rd minute when Leonardo Acosta drilled the ball past Christian Limousin.