Racing added a new international disappointment tonight, falling 3-1 at home in Avellaneda against São Paulo of Brazil, which eliminated them from the knockout stages of the Copa Libertadores, their highest goal of the semester.
The 1-1 registered in the first leg gave a small advantage to the Academy, which in the Cilindro de Avellaneda made an intelligent first half playing away from the goal defended by Gabriel Arias.
However, at 44 minutes, the former Independiente Emiliano Rigoni captured a rebound off the post after a shot by Marquinhos Alencar and defined the empty goal, while all Racing remained protesting an alleged foul on Lolo Miranda not sanctioned by the Uruguayan referee Gustavo Tejera, nor by the VAR.
In addition, first the speedy Marquinhos was the one who took advantage of a mistake by Leonardo Sigali and then again Rigoni pushed the ball to stretch the advantage, with more than 30 minutes of play still remaining.
Those led by Juan Antonio Pizzi reacted to a medium-distance shot from Javier Correa, but it was not enough for them to continue in the tournament that always generates the most enthusiasm in academic fans.
The truth is that this result benefited those led by Argentine Hernán Crespo, who expect to rival the winner of the Catholic University of Chile and Palmeiras (0-1).
Mouth, also removed
In the penalty shootout and with a new scandal with the VAR, Boca was eliminated tonight from the Copa Libertadores against Atlético Mineiro by 3 to 1, after equalizing without goals in regulation time, for the round of 16.
Defender Carlos Izquierdoz, midfielder Esteban Rolon and forward Sebastián Villa missed their executions and only Marcos Rojo scored.
Meanwhile, the Minas Gerais team scored through Ignacio Fernández, Junior Alonso and goalkeeper Everson, and now Galo will be measured in the quarterfinals with the winner of the series that Argentinos Juniors and River will play this Wednesday in La Paternal .
In regulation time, the VAR annulled a goal against Boca, as happened in the first leg, which had ended equalized without goals, after a goal from Marcelo Weigandt, but which was annulled due to an advanced position by Diego González.
The night ended in scandal: the Xeneize players fought with the police in the corridors of the stadium and Sebastián Villa and Carlos Zambrano were delayed by local authorities.
Boca lost to Atlético Mineiro and was eliminated from the Libertadores. (Photo: Reuters)