Emerging triumphant from a nail-biting penalty shootout, Platense has carved a path to the Copa de la Liga finals, defeating Godoy Cruz 6-5. This victory marks a significant milestone in the club's history, further solidified by the heartening sight of their ardent fans who travelled to San Nicolás, bearing witness to the team's historic run.
Martin Palermo's Pride in Platense's Performance
The team's coach, Martín Palermo, could not contain his joy as he expressed immense pride in his team's performance. Speaking to ESPN Premium, he hailed the unwavering determination of his players and their craving to etch a robust mark in the club's annals. Palermo's words were not just of pride but also gratitude, specifically towards the older fans who undertook the journey to San Nicolás to rally behind the team.
Underlining the importance of seizing the moment, Palermo spoke about the privilege his players have been granted, reminding them of the countless others who aspire to be in their shoes. His optimism is palpable as he gears up for the final in Santiago del Estero, with a firm resolution to bring home the trophy.
Ramiro Macagno: The Hero of the Hour
Platense's goalkeeper, Ramiro Macagno, emerged as the hero of the day, playing a pivotal role in the penalty shootout. Expressing his thoughts during an exclusive interview with ESPN Premium, Macagno emphasized the team's initial goal to stave off relegation and highlighted their unity as their greatest strength.
As Platense prepares for the final showdown, Macagno radiated a positive attitude, irrespective of whether their opponent would be River or Central. His words reflect the confidence coursing through the team, a testament to their fighting spirit and determination to seize the championship.
A Historic Journey
The road to the finals has been a historic journey for Platense. The team has made it to the top four in Argentina's Primera División for the ninth time in their history. Their journey, punctuated with passion and resilience, has transcended mundane considerations such as ticket prices or the inconvenience of travel.
Their victory over Godoy Cruz in the penalty shootout has positioned them as the first finalist of the Copa de la Liga. As they await their final opponent, between River Plate and Rosario Central, the world watches with bated breath, anticipating a clash of titans in the grand finals.