Argentine Primera: Inicial round-up week 2

GIGLIOTTI FIRES LOS SABALEROS TOP

Colón got the week’s action under way with a 1-0 win away to San Martín de San Juan on Friday to make it two wins from two.  After a dull first half, Emanuel Gigliotti well taken strike in the 75th minute gave Los Sabaleros a narrow win and confound San Martín to another loss.  Victory for Néstor Sensini’s men ensured they were the only club still with a 100% record and thus put them top of the pile after the second round of results.

Later on Friday Newell’s, boosted by the news of Gabriel Heinze’s imminent arrival, got their first win of the campaign away to Lanús.  Mauricio Sperdutti’s early goal, owing largely to an intelligent dummy by Maxi Rodríguez, was enough to separate the sides and help Newell’s push to avoid relegation.  A worrying sign though will be Maxi’s withdrawal due to a knock to his left knee.  Lanús, who had Leandro Díaz sent off, remain pointless after two narrow losses.

Boca, fresh from their mid-week Copa Argentina triumph over Racing, bounced back from last week’s defeat with a 2-0 victory against Tigre.  Second half goals from Pochi Chávez and Lucas Viatri – with a brilliant no-look rifled shot from the edge of the area – sealed the win after Juan Sánchez Miño’s entrance tipped the balance in favour of the Bosteros.  Despite having started brightly, Tigre can once again count themselves unlucky not to have got something out of the game and should take plenty of positives forward.

River Plate also bounced back with 2-0 win away to Estudiantes on Saturday – their first victory against el Pincha since 2007!  A brace from the much-maligned Rogelio Funes Mori in the second half ensured that River got their first three points of the new season.

In a profitable week for away sides, Racing quickly put behind them the Copa Argentina loss with a 2-0 win at Argentinos Juniors.  The combination of the magnificently bearded Diego Villar and Fernando Ortiz once again proved to be fruitful as the centre back headed home is second in two games.  Young prospect Ricardo Centurión wrapped the game up late on after good work by José Sand.  However, the game was somewhat marred by a horrible break to the left ankle of Argentinos Jnr forward José ‘Zlatan’ Fernández.

A much improved Godoy Cruz snatched a 1-0 win away against Unión Santa Fe.  An early red card for Pablo Míguez put the home side on the back foot and el Tomba were able to take advantage, midfielder Alexis Castro netting his first since his move from Atlético Rafaela.  Godoy Cruz may have taken the three points but didn’t leave with all of their possessions after it was reported that someone had robbed some of their personal belongings from the changing rooms.

Martín Cauteruccio added another to his brace against Boca but his goal wasn’t enough for Quilmes to beat a plucky All Boys side.  The Uruguayan was on hand to net his third of the campaign but a lovely late effort from Ángel Vildozo levelled the game, leaving both sides to share the spoils.

Belgrano and San Lorenzo played out a 0-0 draw with the fear of losing seeming to underlie each team’s nervous approach.  The expulsion of Augusto Álvarez for two bookable offences just after the break saw San Lorenzo retreat further and even the introduction of Leandro Romagnoli with 15 minutes remaining was too little too late for El Ciclon. Worringly, Romagnoli injured his knee and the club will be hoping their playmaker makes a swift recovery in their bid to avoid the drop.

Atlético Rafaela and Arsenal played out a goalless draw on Monday night. The less said about that the better.

Independiente and Vélez finally wrapped up the week’s action with another Monday night 0-0 draw.  Having been postponed from Saturday due to water-logged pitch, the rescheduled game lasted all of 16 minutes before the flood lights went out, causing a further 45 minute delay while they tried to remedy the situation.  Once underway, an entertaining but error-strewn game saw both sides wasteful in front of goal.  Vélez’s Francisco Cerro was harshly sent off for a second bookable offence but Independiente were unable to take advantage and have yet to score in the Inicial.

Results:

San Martín (SJ) 0-1 Colón
Lanús 0-1 Newell’s Old Boys
Belgrano 0-0 San Lorenzo
Estudiantes 0-2 River Plate
All Boys 1-1 Quilmes
Argentinos Juniors 0-2 Racing Club
Unión Santa Fe 0-1 Godoy Cruz
Boca Juniors 2-0 Tigre
Atlético Rafaela 0-0 Arsenal
Independiente 0-0 Vélez

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