Banfield advance to Diego Maradona Cup final

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Buenos Aires, Jan 11 (IANS) Martin Payero scored one goal and set up another as Banfield booked a place in the final of the Diego Maradona Cup with a 4-1 home victory over San Lorenzo.

Sunday’s result left Banfield top of Group B with four wins and one loss from their five matches, a point clear of second-placed Talleres, reports Xinhua news agency.

They will meet Group A leaders Boca Juniors in the final of the inaugural competition in San Juan next Sunday.

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Fabian Bordagaray put the hosts ahead on the stroke of halftime with a bullet header after Mauricio Cuero’s cross from the right wing.

Agustin Fontana made it 2-0 when he met Payero’s lofted pass with a spectacular bicycle kick on the hour mark.

The visitors pulled a goal back through Victor Salazar, who latched onto Angel Romero’s through ball and deftly chipped his shot over goalkeeper Ivan Arboleda.

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But Banfield continued to create scoring chances and Payero netted his team’s third goal by curling in a superb 25-yard free-kick in the 89th minute.

Juan Alvarez completed the rout in stoppage time with a low finish from an acute angle after combining with Alejandro Cabrera.

–IANS

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