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Shoot-out success delights Martino

By Football News



Newell's Old Boys coach Gerardo Martino praised the bravery of his players after their penalty shoot-out win over Boca Juniors on Wednesday.

The Old Boys moved into the semi-finals of the Copa Libertadores with the victory, which came after an epic penalty shoot-out.

With neither side able to produce a goal in two legs, it was left to a sudden-death shootout to decide the tie, and Maxi Rodriguez was able to convert the crucial spot-kick to hand the Old Boys a 10-9 shootout win.

Martino said he was proud of his players after the match.

"I am in charge of a good team that I am proud of be part of it as another member of the staff as well," Martino said.

"I have to lead a group of brave players to develop a very brave strategy and I think that this is the main feature of these players even if we had have been eliminated in the last eight or in the group stage.

"Now that we are in semi-finals, I still say the same."

Defender Santiago Vergini believes the Old Boys deserved the win.

"We had the possession of the ball for most of the game with a clear dominance but over the 180 minutes (both games) we were very even without many chances at goal," he said.

"Here we deserved better despite the lack of opportunities.

"We decided it in that moment (who would take the penalties) and there wasn't much to say; just go there and kick, if it went well great and if it went wrong, it went wrong.

"But during the week some of us took penalty shooting practice and we were the first to do it (in the game). It was a nervous moment but luckily we won at home."