Argentine Primera: Inicial round-up week 3
RACING TRIUMPH IN AVELLANEDA CLÁSICO
Following Argentina’s mid-week 3-1 friendly victory against Germany, round three of the Inicial served up the first big derby of the season as Racing took on Independiente in the clásico de Avellaneda. Bad weather delayed the game but the action finally got under way on Sunday, with hosts Racing taking the three points and bragging rights from their beleaguered rivals. Jose Sand scored his first of the season after half an hour following Gabriel Hauche’s cut back. Independiente’s day got worse as left-back Claudio Morel was sent off for a second bookable offence just before half-time. Things didn’t get any better as Sand doubled his tally after great persistence from Hauche and youngster Ricardo Centurion – both of who were fantastic throughout – to seal the victory for La Academia. Sand whipped off his shirt in a Balotelli-esque celebration as an affront to those who labelled him ‘fat’. Racing now sit joint top while Independiente remain winless and have STILL yet to score.
The clasico wasn’t the only game that fell foul of the weather as the opening fixture between Colon and Belgrano was pushed back to Saturday. Topping the table going into round three, Colon had to come back from two goals to draw 2-2 against a Belgrano side who also remain unbeaten. Belgrano got off to a flying start when ‘Chiqui’ Perez coolly converted from the penalty spot and then an unmarked Cesar Carranza swept home Guillermo Farre’s cross to make in 2-0 after just 12 minutes. Colon responded with Facundo Curuchet reacting quickly after Gigliotti’s shot was saved by Olave and got their equaliser when Sergio Rodriguez sliced a clearance into his own net. The game was marred by violence when Belgrano fans clashed with local police
Guillermo Burdisso continued his fantastic record of having scored on each of his debuts as Boca beat All Boys 3-1. The centre back rose highest to head home Juan Sanchez Mino’s free kick in the second minute. Ivan Borghello levelled the tie after his diving header diverted JP Rodriguez’s driven free-kick into the roof of the net. It was yet another set piece that put Boca back ahead, Santiago Silva this time nodding in Pochi Chavez’s free kick. Shortly after the break, Tanque Silva slammed home his second after combining well with fellow baldy Clemente Rodriguez, the left back overlapping run fortunately found by Sanchez Mino’s through ball.
River also emerged victorious in one of the week’s most exciting games, edging Tigre 3-2 on Sunday. Keko Villalva took full advantage of Trezeguet’s absence to fire River ahead and Carlos Sanchez put the visitors two up, heading home at the back post from Rogelio Funes Mori’s dinked cross. Tigre clawed one back with Lucas Orban scoring against his parent club – the ‘Law of the Ex’ as it’s known – four minutes later. River began the second half as they had the first, Manuel Lanzini scoring within 30 seconds after more good work by Funes Mori. An uncharacteristic error from Marcelo Barovero allowed Diego Ftacla to pull one back for Tigre on the hour mark but el Matador couldn’t find an equaliser, although they should have had a blatant penalty late on. Tigre have now lost three on the bounce but have been unfortunate against top opposition. Their Copa Sudamericana win over Argentinos will hopefully give them hope in what is a hard start to the season.
Godoy Cruz joined Racing and Colon at the top of the table with a 2-0 win over Atletico Rafaela. Mauro Obolo scored his first goal for the club after five minutes in a rapid counter attack moments after La Crema missed a glorious chance. Young left back Emanuel Insua put daylight between the two on the cusp of half time, guiding in the rebound after Facundo Castillon’s shot was saved by Guillermo Sara.
Lanus got their first win of the season with a 2-0 win away at Velez. Substitute Mauricio Pereyra slide in for the first after Gonzalo Castillejos saw his effort come off the bar. Victor Ayala ensured Granate’s win on 82 minutes as he thundered in a 25 yard bullet.
Estudiantes continued their solid start to the season with a 1-0 win against San Lorenzo. Roman Martinez grabbed the only goal of the game, poking home Duvan Zapata’s flicked header.
Monday’s fixtures began with Quilmes hosting Union de Santa Fe in a 2-1 win for the home side. Pablo Lima put the Cervecero ahead but Juan Pablo Avendano equalised soon after. The game was heading for a drawn until Joel Carli got the winner ten minutes from time and continued a fine start for the promoted side.
In another entertaining game, Argentinos Jnrs collected their first point of the season with a 2-2 draw away at Arsenal. Talented centre back Lisandro Lopez headed in Nico Aguirre’s free kick to put Arsenal ahead but a second half strike from veteran Diego Placente and an own goal by Hugo Nervo gave Argentinos a momentarily surprise lead. It didn’t last long though, Dario Benedetto capitalising on some slack marking to tie a game that could have gone either way.
In the last game of the week Newell’s defeated San Martin 2 –0, taking them joint top of the table with Quilmes, Racing, Godoy Cruz and Colon. A Marcos Caceres header put la Lepra ahead but faced an uphill challenge when Victor Lopez was sent off after just 21 minutes. Gabriel Heinze, making his first start replaced him, and San Martin’s challenge never really arrived. Ignacio Scocco saved the best til last when his thirty-odd yard wonderstrike – an early goal of the season contender – flew into the top corner to wrap up the points. The defeat leaves San Martin bottom of the table with three defeats from three.
Boca Juniors 3-1 All Boys
Colón 2-2 Belgrano
San Lorenzo 0-1 Estudiantes
Racing Club 2-0 Independiente
Godoy Cruz 2-0 Atlético Rafaela
Vélez Sarsfield 0-2 Lanús
Tigre 2-3 River Plate
Quilmes 2-1 Unión Sante Fe
Arsenal 2-2 Argentinos Juniors
Newell’s Old Boys 2-0 San Martín (SJ)