The never-ending Reduced of Federal A, which began on November 5 with the dispute of the round of <>, came to an end, but not before leaving one of those unusual images that Argentine football usually gives.
Gimnasia y Tiro de Salta and Douglas Haig de Pergamino, who had finished as leaders in their respective zones, reached the final after surviving three direct elimination duels and this Sunday they had to define the only promotion at stake to the Primera Nacional at the Carlos Augusto Mercado Luna Stadium in La Rioja.
After a 1-1 draw in regular time, thanks to goals from Nicolás Johansen and Ignacio Sanabria in the 34th and 39th minutes of the first half respectively, they had to go on penalties.
And, precisely, it was in the penalties that this unusual moment was experienced: Adrián Toloza kicked his, converted the goal and knocked down one of the stops from the net.
😳 The GOAL BROKE in the middle of the penalty shootout for promotion to the Primera Nacional.
Really UNUSUAL. pic.twitter.com/d40M0g6Rdw
— Primera Nacional (@Primeranaciona) December 4, 2023
Finally, after a few minutes in which the definition was stopped, the team from Salta won 3-1 in the shootout, achieved the long-awaited promotion and next season will play in the second category of Argentine football.
Douglas Haig, meanwhile, will play a playoff against San Miguel, winner of the Primera B Reduced, for a place in the prelude to the Professional League.