The night in Jujuy painted as if Racing get quick revenge for the elimination at the hands of Boca, as if to leave behind the frustration with which he had ended a first semester in which he had had a very good walk. But exactly the opposite happened. The Academy stumbled upon its worst nightmare again and stayed eliminated from the Argentine Cup in the round of 32versus Agriculturalthat participate in the first National.
As had happened in the Copa Sudamericana, in a game that had the advantage, Avellaneda’s team missed many goal situations and ended up empty-handed, against an opponent who had the goalkeeper Williams Barlasina like a great figure. Even the protagonists seemed to repeat that fateful night with River, from Uruguay: the striker Xavier Correa He had six clear opportunities to score, but in all of them the No. 1 was victorious.
The 1-0 for Racing
The group led by Fernando Gago had already crossed out two objectives of its 2022 due to the falls in the Professional League Cup and the South American Cup, and now added the Argentine Cup. He only has the League left, in which he debuted with a 2-0 win over Huracán. This is how curious the celestial and white year is: just three losses, but with a lot of damage capacity, in 25 games.
The 1-1, immediately
As if the blow were not enough, Agropecuario carried the legend on the back of each shirt “Thank you dad for making me Racing”. In the eleven years that the Argentine Cup has been going on since it was played again (in 2011), many colorful stories have been written: amateur soccer players who have diverse trades, small teams that beat giants of Argentine soccer, unprecedented venues that received important matches of a very federal competence. The one that happened in Jujuy seems to go one step further: Carlos Casares’s team, which is barely a decade old, was founded by Bernardo Grobocopatel, club president and fan of the Academy, who fulfilled a promise he had made to his father shortly before he died. He not only came to face Agropecuario with his Racing, but also beat him.
The 2-1 for Agriculture
There was fatal three minutes for the Academy, which had taken advantage when it played worse. The first time seemed already sealed with that 1 to 0 that they manufactured Leonel Miranda Y Thomas Chancalay. It was a fair difference for what the game had delivered up to that point. But Brian Soft he had other plans. The 27-year-old from Santa Fe, who has been in the green and orange box for seven seasons, won his back against John Caceres and took a very strong left-footed shot to the first post of the goal of Gaston Gomez. Three minutes later, the number 7 repeated the formula but changed the definition: he again took advantage of his power to gain position, but to score the second goal he defined softly over the goalkeeper. In the blink of an eye the night changed. And the Academy, on top of that, in that period saw Carlos Alcaraz leave the field between cries by a muscle injury.
Racing had been thirteen years without visiting San Salvador de Jujuy. The last time had been in the Clausura 2009, far in time but even more so in context: that night the team designed by Ricardo Caruso Lombardi was saved from playing the promotion. The present is different. That’s why there was intense weather, with fans who came to the hotel and went welcomed by footballersin addition to a good amount of public in the stadium August 23. In this contest, however, the Academy fails to capture its improvement in recent years: in these eleven disputes, the Argentine Cup is elusive to Racing, who was a relevant protagonist only in the first season, 2011/2012, when he reached the final that he lost against Boca in San Juan. He was never again in decisive instances, and barely reached the semifinals in 2014/2015.
Gago decided to rest Enzo Copetti to make a place for Xavier Correa. Edwin Cardona did not travel to Jujuy either: he stayed in Avellaneda to continue his fine-tuning. Added to that were the losses of Nery Domínguez and Leonardo Sigali, injured, and then the Academy played with regular starters but without fundamental pieces. A sample: the captain was Gonzalo Piovi. Loaded with tension due to the possibility of facing Boca in the round of 16 and due to the recentness of the last qualifying match (that blow against the Uruguayan River Plate that resulted in the end of the Copa Sudamericana), Racing came out to play decisively. But it was deflating with the passing of the minutes. Chancalay’s goal relaxed him. And it was then that Agropecuario, and Blando, showed their damage capacity. Then the Academy was trapped by its own ghosts.