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With Mancuello and Gago, Vélez beat Defense and Justice. There were triumphs for Estudiantes, Newells and Central Córdoba. They lost Rosario Central and Colón.

Six days before the start of the 2020 Professional Football League Cup (LPF), the teams continue with their set-up. In that sense, on Saturday he had friendlies of all colors. There were victories for Vélez, Estudiantes, Newell’s and Central Córdoba. They lost Rosario Central, Colón and Defense and Justice.

The game was played at the José Amalfitani stadium and Vélez won with a goal from Cristian Tarragona, one of the reinforcements, at the last moment of the duel with Defense and Justice.

In Mauricio Pellegrino’s team, Federico Mancuello started. The former Independiente midfielder comes from playing for Mexico’s Toluca. Fernando Gago also played football, who had already been filming in previous rehearsals. It was 30 minutes of action after another ligament injury that left him on the brink of retirement. It was a good test for the coach for the two games he will play this week: Wednesday against Peñarol and Saturday against Huracán, both at Liniers.

Defense and Justice, recently eliminated from Libertadores but awaiting Wednesday’s duel with Sportivo Luqueño for the Sudamericana, arrives with more filming. On Sunday they will host Colón at the start of the 2020 LPF Cup.


At the Uno stadium in La Plata, Estudiantes beat All Boys 4 to 1. Leandro Díaz, who arrived from Atlético Tucumán and had not been able to train in recent weeks due to Covid-19, entered the second half and scored one of the four goals.

All Boys surprised from the start with a goal from Facundo Butti. However, Leonardo Godoy – another of the reinforcements – and Lucas Rodríguez turned it around. In the second half, Díaz and Martín Cauteruccio closed the account.

On Sunday, at 2:00 p.m. in Mar del Plata, Estudiantes will face Aldosivi.


In the rojinegros duel, Newell’s beat Colón 2 to 1 and closed its preparation for the tournament with a balance of six friendlies in which it achieved four victories and two draws.

The game was played in the Parque de la Independencia. The Rosario won with a double by Sebastián Palacios in the first half. El Pulga Rodríguez, a penalty, discounted in the complement. Two halves of 40 minutes each were played.

Julián Fernández and Ignacio Scocco did not play at Newell’s, who suffered muscle injuries and were preserved for Friday’s duel in Córdoba, where he will visit Talleres.

Colón will visit Defense and Justice on Sunday at 11.


With a penalty goal from Juan Ignacio Vieyra, a reinforcement that came from Huracán, Central Córdoba beat Belgrano 1-0.

The Santiago del Estero team will debut against Independiente on Sunday at 6:45 p.m. at the provincial stadium.


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