Regret may well be the overriding feeling for Talleres after a Copa Superliga first leg victory over Atlético Tucumán which should have been far more comfortable.
The two sides meet again next week in Tucumán for a place in the quarter finals but Talleres should perhaps already have one foot in the next round after having the better of the first leg and allowing Atlético to reduce the deficit to only one with a second away goal, when they had already had Bruno Bianchi and Ricardo Noir sent off.
Sebastián Palacios raced in behind to slot Talleres in front after quarter of an hour and during a dominant opening spell, the home side should have been further ahead, Dayro Moreno hitting the crossbar after rounding Cristian Lucchetti.
Having not taken those chances, Atlético equalised before the break when Javier Toledo tapped in from close range and yet there was still time before Nicolás Lamolina to call time on the first half for Ortíz to blaze a volley off target.
Moreno did eventually find the net, capitalising on Tomás Pochettino’s deflected free-kick looping over the head of Luchetti and presenting a simple finish for the Colombian. And things only got better for Talleres as Bruno Bianchi was shown a second yellow card for a lunge on Palacios and Moreno’s diving header extended the lead.
A two-goal advantage and substitute Ricardo Noir following Bianchi for an early bath meant that Talleres looked sure to take a healthy lead to Tucumán. However, two minutes from time, a long punt downfield down David Barbona and after trying to wriggle away from challenges the ball sprung into the air for Toledo to head his second of the game.
That second away goal could be all the difference and Atlético will certainly feel they have enough to turn things around on home soil.