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Penco, Mancuello to the rescue

Olimpo’s David Vega and Independiente’s Jesús Méndez (back) fight for the ball.

Independiente prevents defeat with two late goals

Sebastián Penco and Federico Mancuello scored late goals yesterday to give Independiente a 2-1 victory over Olimpo in Bahía Blanca before its derby against Racing this weekend.

Independiente clinched an incredible victory yesterday as it scored two late goals to turn around the result and beat Olimpo 2-1 in Bahía Blanca in a match for the fourth round of the Argentine league.

Jorge Almirón’s team, which came from two straight defeats — the last one a humiliating 4-0 home loss against Vélez Sarsfield —, was dominated by its opponents during the whole game and the team was in the worst position with the derby in Avellaneda against Racing to be played next weekend. However, the visitors’ situation changed completely.

Three minutes before the end, Sebastián Penco equalized for the Reds as he sent the ball home after a cross from the right. In the last play of the game, Federico Mancuello received a pass from Daniel Montenegro and scored with an accurate finish to beat goalkeeper Nereo Champagne.

Jonathan Blanco, with a penalty, put Olimpo ahead in the 51st. The midfielder was sent off in the 74th.

It was the second victory for Independiente, which accumulates six points and will host its archrival Racing on Sunday at the Libertadores de América stadium.

Yesterday, Olimpo made the mistake of playing a defensive style while it was ahead. After Blanco was sent off, Walter Perazzo’s team was even closer to its own goal trying to stop its opponents’ attacks.

Independiente improved after Matías Pisano, an important part of the team promoted from the National B Division, entered for Rodrigo Gómez in the 76th. The midfielder used his skills and speed to put Olimpo’s defenders in trouble.

Despite the victory, coach Almirón will have a lot of work to do as Independiente’s play continued disappointing.

“Until Penco’s goal, we were doing a great job in defence. We didn’t deserve to lose this game,” said Olimpo coach Perazzo. “Independiente took the victory with a poor display and long shots. We must keep improving. It should have been a victory or a draw for Olimpo.”

Earlier, Belgrano and Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata drew 0-0 at the Mario Alberto Kempes stadium in Córdoba and both teams continued without victories this season.

Racing was playing against Arsenal de Sarandí last night at press time at the President Perón stadium in Avellaneda.

Herald staff with agencies

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