Argentine Primera: Inicial round up week 4


Independiente’s miserable start to the season continued with a 2-0 loss at home to Arsenal.  Fresh from a promising 3-3 draw away to Boca in the midweek Copa Sudamericana game, Los Diablos Rojos were level until a late capitulation saw them throw away the points. 10 minutes from time Arsenal centre back Lisandro Lopez appeared on the right wing and produced a dangerous low cross that a sliding Eduardo Tuzzio could only turn into his own net.  Things got worse as Fabian Vargas was sent off for a second yellow and in the last minute of injury time Dario Benedetto tucked home Emiliano Zelaya’s inviting cross.  The result meant that Cristian Diaz became the first managerial casualty of the season with Tolo Gallego expected to take the reins of an Independiente side yet to score in the league.

A late Diego Ftacla equaliser gave Tigre their first point of the season in a dramatic 2-2 draw with All Boys.  Ivan Borghello bagged his third of the season to put the hosts ahead after 10 minutes, heading in from Grana’s deep cross, but Tigre pegged one back through a headed Martin Galmarini goal.  Mauro Matos restored All Boys lead with a lovely header from Morel’s corner and they seemed on course for their first victory of the season but Diego Ftacla – with his 2nd of the season – fired home Ruben Botta’s pull back to draw the game.

A youthful looking Boca side made hard work of beating a Union side that ended the game with only 9 men.  Veteran Rolando Schiavi opened the scoring when he powered in a header following lovely skill Leandro Paredes. The 18-year-old beat a man to get to the byline before perfectly picking out the centre-back who had stayed forward from the corner. Things got worse for the Santafesinos when Pablo Bruna was red carded for Union just after the half hour mark but they were given a lifeline when Nicolas Correa headed in from Uruguayan compatriot Braian Aleman’s corner to equalise.  Mauro Maidana also saw red as Union were forced to play out the final 20 with just 9 men.  But Boca found a late winner, Paredes once more the architect, chesting down and firing a shot against the bar from a tight angle which then fell to the feet of Nico Blandi who couldn’t miss from 2 yards out. Regrettably, the victory was soured by reports of shootings between two of Boca’s warring Barra Bravas factions before the game, with 5 injured including Mauro Martin, boss of La Doce, who was shot in the stomach and is now in a ‘critical but stable’ condition.

A somewhat surprise victory for Argentinos Juniors but the brakes on Godoy Cruz’s promising start to the season.  An own goal from Mauro Obolo gave los Bichos Colorados the lead midway through the first half before the lead was doubled by Leonel Nuñez, expertly lofting the ball over a stranded Nelson Ibañez.  Debutant Diego Sevillano grabbed a late consolation goal but Argentinos held on to claim their first win of the campaign.

A late Quilmes equaliser rescued a point against Rafaela and ensured they remain unbeaten after 4 rounds.  Veteran midfielder Ivan Juarez capped off a lovely passing move to open the scoring for la Crema but with almost the last kick of the game an unmarked Facundo Diz turned in Cristian Insaurralde’s cross to equalise.

Belgrano and Newell’s cancelled each other out in a fairly uneventful 0-0 draw on Sunday.  Maxi Rodriguez returned for Newell’s but couldn’t inspire his side to victory. Both remain unbeaten after four games.

Lanus and Racing played out a 1-1 draw on Sunday.  Gonzalo Castillejos won a penalty for the hosts and picked himself up to score his first goal for Lanus just before half time. Ricky Centurion combined well to find Gabriel Hauche who swept home the equaliser before el Demonio’s game ended early after a red card just before the final whistle.

Velez returned to winning ways with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over a hapless San Martin. Talented defender Gino Peruzzi, playing in a more advanced role, got the scoring underway after latching on to Francisco Cerro’s lovely pass.  Cerro himself scored shortly after the break when the San Martin defence only half cleared Lucas Pratto’s cross and the midfielder was able to fire in from the edge of the area.  Federico Insua wrapped the game up with a nice finish from Jonathan Copete’s composed cut back. 

In a game that promised much but delivered little, the clasico between River and San Lorenzo ended goalless on Sunday night.  River slightly had better opportunities and Franco Jara hit the bar for San Lorenzo but ultimately neither side could find a breakthrough.

Colon built on their fine midweek 3-1 victory over Racing in the Copa Sudamericana, beating Estudiantes 2-1 in the final game of the week.  Maxi Caire gave Colon an unmerited first half lead but Guido Carrillo equalised, capping a fine incisive team move for the teenager’s second of the term. An Ivan Moreno y Fabianesi penalty five minutes from time gave Colon the victory, putting them top of the table after four rounds.


All Boys 2-2 Tigre
Union 1-2 Boca Juniors
Argentinos Jnrs 2-1 Godoy Cruz
Independiente 0-2 Arsenal
Rafaela 1-1 Quilmes
Belgrano 0-0 Newell’s Old Boys
Lanus 1-1 Racing Club
San Martin (SJ) 0-3 Velez Sarsfield
River Plate 0-0 San Lorenzo
Estudiantes 1-2 Colon