Such has been the number of upsets in this year’s Copa Argentina that River Plate are in the semi finals and are yet to face fellow Superliga competition. For 83 minutes in Santa Fe it looked as though the Millonarios’ opponent in the last four would be Federal A club Central Córdoba de Santiago del Estero only for a late equaliser and a penalty shootout victory to seal it for Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata.
The top flight club were understandably heavy favourites in spite of their struggling league position but after a goalless first half found themselves behind almost immediately after the restart when Alfredo Ramírez poked in from close range.
Having already knocked out Vélez Sarsfield and Tigre it looked as though Central Córdoba may do it again and face giants River for a place in the final. However, seven minutes from time a hopeful long ball forward found the run of substitute Jan Carlos Hurtado, the 18-year-old chested the ball around goalkeeper Maximiliano Cavallotti and rolled the ball into the empty net from an acute angle.
Forced straight to a shootout luck swung in favour of Gimnasia. Lucas Licht’s weak spot kick sneaked under Cavallotti as the Superliga club dispatched every single kick and after Javier Rossi had hit the crossbar it was down to Renso Pérez to at least force Pedro Troglio’s side to score. The striker stepped up but couldn’t keep his effort down and as it whistled over the crossbar, El Lobo celebrated victory.
Gimnasia are set to face River on November 14th in Salta.
Gimnasia 1 – 1 Central Córdoba de Santiago del Estero (Pens 4-3)
Hello! Will you do the 2018 version of #golazo50? Great series…my top50 (one possibly list) (primarily talent and potential-wise, mainly not based on past achievements, without goalkeepers) between 95-99 born players (some 98-99 born talents still very hard to rate) 1. Lautaro Martinez 2. Lo Celso 3. Palacios 4. Angel Correa 5. M. Vargas 6. Ascacibar 7. Pavon 8. Mammana 9. S. Caseres 10. Foyth 11. Barco (maybe much higher with time) 12.Colombatto 13. Bustos 14. G. Simeone 15. N. Dominguez 16. Alan Franco 17. Pussetto 18.Driussi 19. Reynoso (unfairly forgotten, Barros Schelotto biggest mistake) 20.Montiel 21.Cubas, 22. Maximiliano Romero (same case as Barco) 23. Robertone 24. Zaracho 25. Lisandro Martinez 26. Lucas Rodriguez 27. Leonardo Suarez 28. Nicolas Gonzalez 29. A. Barboza 30. Martinez Quarta 31. Maroni (maybe would be more fair a seperate list for 98-99 born talents) 32. M. Lovera (definitely yes) 33.Cecchini 34. Feuillassier 35. Pochettino 36. Vada 37. Mariano Barreiro 38. Chancalay, 39. Cardona 40. Komar 41. E. Ponce 42. Leonardo Godoy 43. Bautista Merlini 44. Senesi 45. Tomas Andrade 46. Nicolas Fernandez 47. Reniero 48. G. Lodico 49. E.Rolon 50. Belmonte…sadly a lot of talented missing contenders (Mansilla, Joaquin Torres, Hernan Toledo, Brunetta, Espinoza, Boye, Batallini, Marcelino Moreno etc. just from the ‘older’ attacking players+a lot of young defenders+++++HM Agustin Almendra, I rate him very highly, Exequiel Palacios-level talent imo, two such box to box midfielders will be fun in the future
Good list Javier – it was mentioned this week so hopefully we will get something out before the end of the year! Thanks