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December 22, 2014

Soccer — National B Division

Monday, June 2, 2014

Independiente gets closer to promotion

Independiente’s Sebastián Penco celebrates after scoring the winner.

Keeps two-point lead into last round

Daniel Montenegro, with a fantastic goal, and Sebastián Penco scored as Independiente turned around the match against Instituto and won 2-1 in Córdoba to continue in third place and improve its chances of returning to the First Division.

CÓRDOBA — The long National B Division tournament is coming to an end with Independiente moving closer to fulfilling its goal of returning to the First Division as it defeated Instituto 2-1 in Córdoba yesterday with only one round remaining.

Omar De Felippe’s team is in third place in the standings and will host Patronato at the Libertadores de América stadium next weekend. They will secure a spot in the top-flight soccer with a victory. The Reds have 66 points, while Huracán, which beat Unión 1-0 yesterday, has 64.

In Córdoba, the host went ahead in the 30th minute with a goal scored by Raúl Damiani, a former Independiente player.

However, De Felippe’s side entered to the field with a different attitude in the second half, and with the substitution of Francisco Pizzini for Martín Zapata, helped them turn around the result.

Captain Daniel Montenegro equalized with a fantastic goal after a fierce shot in the 61st, while Sebastián Penco gave the victory for the visitors three minutes before the end as he took a rebound and sent it home.

Instituto finished the game with 10 players as Javier Velázquez was sent off in the 81st minute.

“In the second half the players entered with more confidence, they improved and the more experienced showed up to control the ball,” said coach De Felippe after the match. “We have to be calm and trust in ourselves because we are playing well. Now, we will rest and tomorrow (today) we will train again to prepare our match against Patronato.”

Independiente was relegated to the second division for the first time in its history last year. It had a poor start of the second round of the championship and is still struggling to return to the First Division. Champion Banfield and second-placed Defensa y Justicia have already been promoted.

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