Atlético Tucumán have a historic Copa Libertadores last 16 clash just around the corner but warmed up for that tie against Atlético Nacional by defeating Huracán and progressing to the same stage of this year’s Copa Argentina.
Despite losing the iconic Luis Miguel Rodríguez to injury after only quarter of an hour, Atlético were the better side in Salta and it was Huracán goalkeeper Marcos Díaz much the busier of the two.
Mauro Matos and Leandro Díaz had both gone close in the first half but eventually the deadlock was broken fifteen minutes from time. Marcos Díaz failed to get much on his punch from an Atlético corner and as the ball was drilled back across the face of goal, defender Bruno Bianchi stuck out a leg to steer it in.
With Huracán in need of a goal to force penalties, Atlético killed off any hope with a second in stoppage time. Matos flicked the ball forward and strike partner Leandro Díaz held off two defenders before emphatically finishing.
Last year’s beaten finalists, Atlético are establishing themselves as quite the cup side and march on to face either Newell’s Old Boys or Defensores Unidos in the next round.