A try by Juan Imhoff, five minutes from time, sealed the 19-15 with which Racing 92 beat Saracens.
Rosario Juan Imhoff scored the decisive try, with five minutes remaining, with which Racing 92 he won by 19 to 15 a Saracens and got into the end of the Rugby european cup, in which it will be measured against Exeter Chiefs English.
Imhoff takes 11 seasons in the Parisian team and is one of the most unbalancing players of the set: this time he took advantage of a great play by Virimi Vakatawa, who unloaded through the center with the Scotsman Finn Russell and ended up giving the rosarino the assistance.
Racing 92’s victory meant not only qualification, but also dethrone the defending champion Saracens -which in the English league suffered an administrative decline for exceeding the salary cap in hiring players- and now will try to get his first trophy of the European Cup that he was denied on the two previous occasions in which he reached the final: 2016 and 2018.
The process of the match was very even and Racing 92 managed to go to rest 9-6 up thanks to three penalties from its captain, Teddy Iribaren, but in the complement the English team knew how to turn the actions and came with a 15-12 advantage in the final five minutes, in which the rosarino wing to turn history.
“The coach had told me that for me this game was like for a soccer center forward, that he would not have many chances and that perhaps he would touch the ball only once“explained the Rosario in a press conference. And he added visibly moved:” Today my brothers said that I almost made my father cry. “
The Imhoffs they are a very important family of Rosario rugby: the father, José Luis, played for Los Pumas and was part of the first Argentine team to achieve a resounding victory abroad against the Juniors Springboks in 1965 and Pedro, Juan’s brother, is mediocrum and captain of Duendes, the club in which he trained both since they were children.
Juan Imhoff already managed to be champion with Racing 92 of the French Top 14 in 2016 and now will go for the crown that is missing: the European Club Cup. He will have the opportunity to achieve it on October 17, when the Parisian team visits Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park, which has the Argentine wing on the squad. Facundo Cordero.
The good performances that Imhoff has been exhibiting – who was not on the list of summoned for the last World Cup in Japan 2019 – caused the rugby public to start asking for his return to Los Pumas on social networks. One of the most memorable moments of the Rosario with the national shirt occurred in the 2015 World Cup in England, when he scored an unforgettable try for Ireland in the quarterfinals as “little pop”.