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Racing takes agonizing victory against Independiente in Argentine soccer classic

BUENOS AIRES, Apr 10 (Reuters) – Racing Club won an agonizing home win on Saturday, beating Independiente 1-0 with a goal from Enzo Copetti in one of the most popular classics in Argentine football, in the ninth round local league date.

With several casualties due to coronavirus, the historic rivals that have their stadiums located a few blocks away delivered an even match, with a slight superiority of Racing in the final stretch of the second stage.

The local team’s goal came on the last play of the match through a penalty converted by striker Copetti, after a disputed infraction in the area on Iván Maggi.

“I was convinced, I was very confident, and I knew I was going to score the penalty. It was a deserved victory,” Copetti told local television after the victory.

Meanwhile, Independiente’s scorer, Silvio Romero, showed his disgust at the penalty mark.

“They took a stain in our area. We have a lot of anger, because the effort we made in a decision is going away, it was seen that it was not a penalty,” said Romero.

Earlier, Talleres de Córdoba rallied twice from an adverse score to draw 2-2 as a visitor against Defensa y Justicia, thanks to two goals against their rival.

Martín Merentiel and Tomás Escalante scored in minutes 2 and 54 to put Defense twice in front, while Néstor Breitenbruch and Juan Rodríguez scored on their own fence in minutes 43 and 66 for the equalizer of the visiting team.

For their part, Estudiantes de La Plata beat Aldosivi de Mar del Plata 1-0 at home with a goal from Martín Cauteruccio in the 93rd minute.

The day began on Friday with the victory away from San Lorenzo de Almagro over Platense 4-2.

(Reporting by Ramiro Scandolo; Edited by Carlos Calvo Pacheco)

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