With the Superliga proving to be Racing Club’s priority, a second string Academia crashed out of the Copa Sudamericana at the first hurdle after a penalty shootout against Corinthians.
Jonathan Cristaldo headed Racing in front in Avellaneda to restore the aggregate lead following the 1-1 draw in Brazil, but Vagner Love’s close range volley levelled it up shortly after half time once more.
Another draw forced the tie to penalties and after both sides had missed two during the regulation five, the shootout went into sudden death. Augusto Solari seeing his effort saved by Cássio sent Corinthians through and Racing must now focus to ensure the league title is captured.
Racing Club 1 – 1 Corinthians (2-2 AGG)
4-5 on penalties
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It was bad news for Talleres too as Juan Pablo Vojvoda’s side missed out on the Copa Libertadores group stage after defeat to Palestino.
Dayro Moreno gave Talleres the lead after 20 minutes but just as Palestino did last week in Córdoba, the Chileans responded well. Luis Jiménez and Cristóbal Jorquera struck second half goals to secure a 2-1 second leg win to secure a 4-3 aggregate win and a place in Group A with River Plate, Internacional and Alianza Lima.
Palestino 2 – 1 Talleres (4-3 AGG)
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