Estudiantes beat Defensa, establishes itself in the Sudamericana area and dreams of the Libertadores

With qualification for next year’s Libertadores as a contest between both, Estudiantes beat Defensa y Justicia 2-1 in La Plata, a vibrant match until the end. Thus, Eduardo Domínguez’s team equaled the Halcón line, which is the last to be entering the Cup due to goal difference. Both are missing out on the League Cup quarterfinals.

The back-and-forth occurred from the start because both sides proposed a direct game in which the midfield was an area of ​​rapid transit. Both Students and Defense quickly had clear situations. However, the balance tipped as the minutes passed for the local side, which began to hegemonize control with the push of Fernando Zuqui, the deployment of Benjamín Rollheiser and the overflows of Franco Zapiola down the street on the left. of the local attack.

The field tilted so much that the first goal came deservedly. From the side, Leonardo Godoy took a long shot towards the area, Guido Carrillo jumped more than anyone and hit the near post for Zapiola to appear at the second with an accurate left foot shot towards the back of the net.

Pincha could have increased in that first half, but Jorge Rodríguez’s header hit the crossbar. He could have tied the Halcón, but Santiago Solari scored just wide of the post.

The vertigo continued in the complement because Estudiantes scored the second thanks to Zuqui and immediately scored a penalty from Tomás Cardona, due to a handball from Santiago Núñez. The visit remained a match until the end, but it was not enough to equalize it.

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