Newell’s Old Boys booked their spot in the Copa Argentina last 16 on Sunday afternoon with a 3-0 victory over Primera B club Defensores Unidos in Junín.
Had La Lepra not ran out clear winners perhaps more would have been made of the decision to disallow Joel Amoroso’s first half opener but as it was Luis Leal, Mariano Bíttolo and Héctor Fertoli ensured a straight forward win for Newell’s.
Amoroso had swept in after a quick counter and the ball was back in the centre circle ready for Defensores to kick off when referee Jorge Baliño consulted his assistant and decided to pull it back.
Newell’s were fuming but were not punished further by the lower league side and when Luis Leal finally did break the deadlock, the Superliga club took control.
Debutant Mariano Bíttolo, only on the pitch less than ten minutes, doubled the advantage and Héctor Fertoli wrapped it up late on the counter.
Atlético Tucumán are up next for Newell’s.
Newell’s Old Boys 3 – 0 Defensores Unidos
Later in Sarandí, Argentinos Juniors eventually prevailed against fellow Superliga side Defensa y Justicia after a goalless draw was decided on the penalty spot.
A game of few clear chances looked destined to go to penalties and when the usually reliable Alexander Barboza struck the crossbar first up for Defensa y Justicia, it looked like Argentinos Juniors’ night.
When Nahuel Molina also blazed over Los Bichos crept closer to victory and despite Gastón Machín missing, Jonathan Sandoval rolled in the decisive shot.
Deportivo Maipú or Temperley are up next in the last 16 for Alfredo Berti’s side.
Argentinos Juniors 0 – 0 Defensa y Justicia (4-3 on pens)