Eight minutes from the end, Diego Armando Maradona found his breath. It was when he saw that Paraguayan right-wing Victor Ayala was embedded in the arch of Godoy Cruz. To the lime line was Diego, to merge into a hug with Ayala, first, and with the rest of the Gymnastics squad, later. The face full of goal. The final result (4 to 2) was stamped three minutes from the end, already with the game broken. Matías García went only towards the rival goal and defined. Godoy Cruz had already stayed with two players less for the expulsions of Varela and Jacquet.
Until that moment, Diego Maradona was going to dream about Juan Brunetta. Godoy Cruz striker had found the tie 15 minutes into the second half. Earlier in the first half, the same player had given the temporary discount to the home team.
Gymnastics had celebrated almost from the locker rooms in Mendoza. One of Maradona’s decisions during the week took instant effect: Nicolás Contín, when they had not even played two minutes at the Malvinas Argentinas stadium, turned the first goal of the match. The center forward who replaced Paraguay’s Pablo Velázquez as an offensive reference did not think twice and finished off from outside the area. The ball hit the right post of goalkeeper Andrés Mehring and got into it. On the end of the first half, a double wall between Tijanovich and Garcia ended with a foul by Henríquez. The Mendoza player was booked. Then Victor Hugo Ayala drew his right leg and scored a free kick. The Paraguayan went to the bank of substitutes to hug with Maradona and Méndez. The tripero substitute bank was pure joy. However, moments later, the gymnastics defense again showed its already typical leaks. And Brunetta took advantage of them by entering brand-free area. The former Arsenal and Belgrano defined and put the result of the match on hold. With the 2-1 for the Maradona team he finished the first half.
The match is played at the Malvinas Argentinas stadium in the capital of Mendoza, from 13.15, with the arbitration of Darío Herrera and televised by the Fox Sports Premium cable signal. The semester of Gymnastics has been very bad, and in line with his last two seasons he has it in a zone of direct descent, fighting to maintain the category. The “Wolf” is located in the last position in the table with a single point, product of the tie on the first day 1-1 with Lanús, and 13 units of Rosario Central, the last one that today would be in the upper echelon to those who are in descent zone. For his part Godoy Cruz, without problems with the descent, accumulates seven losses and won a single game in the semester, 2-1 against Estudiantes de La Plata. That’s why he will try to score points and look for the best performance, again with Daniel Oldrá as coach.