San Martín de San Juan played the round of 16 against Fortín
The round of 16 of the Argentine Cup gave away an unforgettable blooper in the records of the competition. The duel between San Martín (SJ) and Vélez was defined on penalties with a 5-4 victory for Santo, but the match will be remembered for an unusual action committed by the San Juan defense, which ended in a great goal against Liniers for the second goal.
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After an even first half, the emotions remained for the complement. Eight minutes into the second act, Francisco Grahl opened the account for the team that marches in sixth place in Zone A of the First National. Parity was once again the protagonist at the Julio César Villagra Stadium, 16 minutes from closing with the excellent performance of Lenny Lobato. However, the best was yet to come.
Seconds later, Andrés Merlos’s stopwatch indicated that there was still a quarter of an hour to go before regulation time was reached. An overflow on the right side ended in a rejection by Agustín Heredia. Julián Fernández could not stop the trajectory of the ball and it was left to Nicolás Pelaitay, who stretched it more than necessary and tried to bounce it off Abiel Osorio. With a grain of intelligence, the striker turned on his side in a crucial movement to understand the unexpected end. At full power, Pelaitay fired a shot towards his own goal instead of trying to deflect it into the corner and put it against his fence to the astonishment of his goalkeeper, Mariano Monllor.
Santo San Juan advanced to the round of 16
The euphoric celebration of the team that plays in the Professional League was far from the frustration exhibited by the material participant, who covered his face with his shirt and, according to what was specified in the official broadcast, Merlos approached him to comfort him and reduce his discomfort. When it seemed that this action would define the duel, Heredia extended the definition to penalties with a final header at 90 minutes.
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San Martín had perfect assistance to the net with its five performers, while Francisco Ortega was the only one who missed his attempt with a shot that hit the crossbar. The last shot by Monllor signed the ticket to the next round for those led by César Monasterio, who will face the winner of the key between Patronato and Argentinos.
It was the second elimination in a row for Sebastián Gallego Méndez, who had already been left out of this edition on May 9, when he fell on penalties as DT de Unión against Almagro.
* What Nicolás Pelaitay said after qualifying
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At the end of the match, Nicolás Pelaitay offered his testimony with a laugh after the consummated classification: “Now I told my teammates: ‘At the end of the year, turn on the television because I’m on all the channels.’ The goal against comes out everywhere ”. Next, the 30-year-old soccer player blanked out the question he asked when he was awarded the award for best player of the engagement: “I have about 120 messages. Everyone congratulating me on the goal, ha. None for the victory that we went to the round of 16, but they gave me the prize. When they gave it to me, I asked them if they gave it to me for the goal and they denied it. They told me that they gave it to me because he had run a lot and he was the man of the match. They told me that it was the first time that they gave the award to a player who had scored a goal against”.
In the second shift, the bump of the day happened. Villa Miter of Bahía Blanca beat Godoy Cruz 4-2 on penalties after drawing 0-0 in 90 minutes. The Primera team was never able to prevail against those from Federal A and goalkeeper Daniel Moyano was the hero of his team with two executions covered by Matías Ramírez and Roberto Fernández. In the round of 16, the winner of Chaco For Ever and Rosario Central will be measured.
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