Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata beat Vélez 2 to 1 in Bosque at the start of the fourth round of the League Cup, with goals from Braian Romero in the first half, and from Cristian Tarragona and Matías Abaldo in the second period.
It was the debut of Leonardo Madelon on the bench of the La Plata team, which broke a streak of 11 games without adding three.
The fact to highlight is that Gym He joined the Cup for the first time and with the victory he reached Vélez’s line in the fight for permanence. Those led by Sebastian Mendez They had just surpassed River but with a deficit in the two head-to-head matches they had with Independiente and Gimnasia, since they lost them.
Madelon, In his debut on the Gimnasia bench he proposed a 4-4-2 scheme, with two more combative midfielders with the idea of giving more security to the team with the most goals against the season. The pressure was not as high but the problems were the same.
Velez He handled the ball more and better, and always showed himself with more ease in reaching the rival goal. At 11 minutes Aquino took a ball near the goal after a corner, finished hard and Durso Well stopped, he managed to take it from the corner kick.
A minute later there was another chance for the team Mendez when they combined on the right, pass back and Pizzini He entered alone through the middle but his shot was not effective and went very high. The local team responded with an individual arrest by Benjamín Domínguez, who stacked two rivals and his right hand went wide.
After 15 minutes the game went from area to area but without depth until the clock struck minute 41, when Aquino crossed from the right and Brian Romero with a header he beat the Wolf defenders high. The ball went into the right corner of a Hard, who flew but did not arrive.
The 1 to 0 got out of control Gymnastics and Vélez At the end he missed a good opportunity to increase. They enabled Romero in a 10 position, the forward tried hard but the ball went near Durso’s upper right corner.
At the start of the plugin Madelon decided to enter Matias Abaldodebut of the Uruguayan Under 20 world champion, for Steinbach, and the team had a different attitude, they were more ambitious and after 6 minutes they reached the tie with a cross to the far post that Abaldo himself returned to the heart of the area and Tarragona only with a header declared equality.
Gym It went for more and at 12 minutes Tarragona anticipated a stopped ball and headed wide, but at 15 the eastern Saravia enabled his compatriot with a pass between the lines, Abaldo dominated with his right, eluded Gómez and touched the back of the goal with his left foot to turn the score around. The play was reviewed by the VAR, which validated the attacker’s position.
“Lobo” was able to increase the score with a shot from outside by Ramírez that went wide and near the end the player had a chance. De Blasis. The match became tense and fought throughout, where Méndez’s team went for the tie but lacked clarity and depth and always found themselves with a more solid defense than usual.
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