What Racing has stayed out of the Copa Sudamericana in the group zone It is undoubtedly a great disappointment for all its fans. It is that Fernando Gago’s team had shown a great version in the local tournament and, despite the elimination against Boca in the local competition, there were hopes placed in this international tournament.
But not. The Academy suffered an unexpected defeat against Racing de Uruguay and Melgar won his match to qualify for the next instance of the Sudamericana. The memes did not take long to reach social networks and the Peruvian team celebrated in the style of Guillermo Francella: the club’s mascot, a lion, famously said “beautiful morning, isn’t it?”.
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Melgar beat him for 3-1 to Cuiabá in Brazil in an agonizing manner. Thus, he snatched the first place in the area from the Academy and, consequently, the passage to the next instance.
The Academy reached the last date as first in the Group and it was enough for them to just achieve a tie to go through the round. However, they failed to convert any of the chances they created and suffered a home loss. Horace Salaberryat 21 minutes into the second half, scored the only goal for the Uruguayan team.
From these results, Melgar finished first in Group B with 12 points. Racing also added 12, but had a worse goal difference (+4 against +2). They closed the Cuiabá zone and River Plate of Uruguay, both with six.
The word of Fernando Gago after the elimination
“It is difficult to do an analysis today with the anger and the pain of having been left out,” said Racing’s coach.
And he continued: “This is a group and we all pull for the same side. We all have to admit our responsibilitiesbecause we are all required in the same way”.
The Academy’s next objective will be the Professional League tournament, in which it will debut against Huracán at home on Saturday, June 4 at 9:30 p.m.