Estudiantes de La Plata were for the most part the better side away to Argentinos Juniors in the first leg of the all-Argentine Copa Sudamericana semi-final on Thursday night. At half time they led 1-0 thanks to an unlucky own goal from Argentinos ‘keeper Sebastián Torrico, but in the second half Juan Ignacio Mercier got an equaliser for the hosts to keep it tighter than tight going into the second leg next Thursday. Read on to watch the goals…
Torrico’s own goal came 26 minutes in, when Agustín Alayes’ header from a corner cannoned down off the crossbar and hit the diving goalkeeper in the back, bouncing into the net. It was cancelled out just a couple of minutes into the second half when Mercier had a simple header at the far post from an Argentinos free kick.
Leandro Desábato was also sent off for Estudiantes, setting up a finish to the match which saw Argentinos pushing for a winner, but it didn’t come as a fairly dull affair fizzled out following Juan Sabia’s red card for the home side to even up the numbers.
Copa Sudamericana 2008, semi-final second leg: Argentinos Juniors 1 – 1 Estudiantes de La Plata