A Leonardo Godoy brace was enough for Talleres to edge past Primera C club Ferrocarril Midland in Santa Fe and secure a place in the Copa Argentina last 32.
Following the success of Frank Kudelka with La T it will be interesting to see how new manager Juan Pablo Vojvoda gets on in Córdoba and while victory over Midland on Tuesday was scrappy at times, there are reasons for optimism.
Boca Juniors academy graduate Andrés Cubas, who Vojvoda knows from their time together at Defensa y Justicia, impressed in central midfield and it was the 22-year-old’s laser-like pass that created the opening goal. Splitting the midfield defence from deep, Leonardo Godoy got in behind down the right and managed to slip the ball under goalkeeper Matías Mansilla.
Soon after Cubas fed Colombian Diego Valoyes and the recent signing rattled the crossbar as Talleres looked to kill the tie early.
However it wasn’t to be that easy and moments after Gonzalo Vivanco had blazed over a glorious opportunity for the lower league side, they levelled. A free kick whipped in from the left, flicked off Juan Komar’s head and into his own net.
Immediately after the break and Talleres led for a second time and once more it was Godoy. This time with far more to do, the 23-year-old right-back burst past two defenders and rifled a powerful shot inside the near post.
Midland centre forward Gonzalo Vivanco was then sent off for an elbow on Komar and with it hopes of another upset disappeared. Unable to add to their lead, Talleres still held on fairly comfortably and will now face either Rosario Central or Juventud Antoniana in the next round.