With one less, Racing beat Melgar and were one step away from entering the second round of South America

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The Academy, which played with ten for almost an hour due to the dismissal of goalkeeper Gastón Gómez, won 1-0 on a goal by Chancalay and climbed into first place, with three points ahead of the second.

Races he achieved a fundamental triumph that leaves him one step away from the knockout stages of the South American Cup . The Academy, who played with a man less for almost an hour due to the sending off of their goalkeeper, had a litmus test in Avellaneda, beat Melgar of Peru 1-0 and was top of Group B, with just one date left to play in the group stage.

Racing quickly recovered from elimination against Boca in the semi-finals of the local tournament. This Wednesday he won a fundamental game to start closing his ticket to the knockout stages of the South American. He won on a goal from Chancalay at the end of the first half. Gago’s team will ensure its classification with at least one draw against River of Uruguay Thursday of next week.

The match, valid for the fifth day of Group B, was played at the Cilindro de Avellaneda and was refereed by the Paraguayan Derlis López.

Racing played with one less for almost an hour, but won the same

Racing played with one less in the 35 minutes of the first half for the expulsion of Gastón Gómez , who touched the ball with his hand outside the box and correctly received the red card. At that time, Matías Tagliamonte came on, substitute goalkeeper, in place of Edwin Cardona.

Gastón Gómez saw the red card after 35 minutes (Photo: AP).

The Peruvians, commanded by the Argentine coach Nestor Laurent meanwhile, couldn’t even secure a draw, a result that would have left them ahead.

What Racing need to qualify for the second round of the Copa Sudamericana

With five contested dates and only one day in advance, Racing is at the top of group B with 12 points and you only need one unit to advance to the knockout stages while behind are Melgar (9) and the already eliminated Cuiabá (6), from Brazil, and River (3), from Uruguay.

On the last date, Racing will be home against River Charrúa on Thursday 26, and on the same date Melgar will host Cuiabá.

South American Cup position chart

Source: TN

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