Velez's moment is delicate. Beyond the results, the departure of Ricardo Gareca as coach made the fans explode, once again, against the leadership and the Fortín squad. This Wednesday, in Quilmes field, the experienced Lucas Pratto was the protagonist of a tense talk with the Velezanos fans, fenced in between, in which they recriminated the position of the players, who then thrashed Deportivo Español 5-1 to advance to the 16th final of the Copa Argentina.
"Do you know that I am human?", the 'Bear' threw to the fans who demanded him to 'apologize' for the sporting situation that he has to go through, where he does not get a win ten games ago in the Professional League.
"Do you know that I have feelings? Do you know that I stand up for the club? And I'm happy, do you think I'm happy? I know I'm playing badly, I've been dead for three months, we didn't beat anyone. I break my ortho inside the court," Pratto added.
Then, inside the field, the team responded with goals. Gianluca Prestianni, Miguel Brizuela, Elías Cabrera and Lucas Janson, twice, converted for Fortín, directed on an interim basis by Marcelo Bravo, coach of the Reserve. Santiago Yossini scored for the Galician in the second half.
El Fortín no longer has Ricardo Gareca on the bench, who left his post last weekend after only directing 11 games.
The match, a priori was scheduled for 19.10, but Vélez had a delay to reach the Quilmes stadium and the start of the match was delayed half an hour. What did not take long to arrive were the goals of the Liniers team.
Gianluca Prestianni, the jewel of the Fortín, at 20 minutes of the game scored a real goal: he stung the void and, first, he stung the goalkeeper Maximiliano Díaz, who after that play had to be replaced. However, the goal should have been cancelled out by a clear forward position of the young striker.
The reality is that Deportivo Español was never in the match and, after being at a disadvantage, could not and did not know how to avoid being beaten. From a stopped ball, Miguel Brizuela put his head and decreed the 2 to 0.
Almost immediately, Elias Cabrera shot from outside the box and put the 3-0. It should be noted that Bruno Corsi, substitute goalkeeper of Español, had a weak reaction and could not prevent the fall of his goal.
Lucas Janson, one of the players questioned by the fans, made his first appearance on the night and, before the end of the first half, put the fourth goal of the night and put the title of scoring to the result.
And again, Janson appeared. As soon as the complement started, the Spanish background had an inattention in the background and the striker only had to push it to decree the 5 to 0.
But Deportivo Español, at least, was able to convert the famous goal of honor. He did it at the feet of Santiago Yossini, who had a nose and grabbed a second ball after the execution of a corner.
After the departure of Gareca, Vélez returned to the triumph and managed to advance to the next phase of Copa Argentina. His rival will leave Aldosivi or San Martín de San Juan, who still owe their confrontation. The truth is that the weather is still very tense and an example of this is the crossing of Lucas Pratto with some fans. The Bear apologized for the bad moment and was aware of playing at a good level, although this win is a slight breath of fresh air.