Argentine Primera: Inicial round up week 5

VIATRI BRACE TAKES BOCA TOP

Two towering headers from Lucas Viatri sealed a fourth consecutive win for Boca who now top of the table by a point.  A fairly lacklustre Boca took the lead against Rafaela when Viatri hung in the air to meet Clemente Rodriguez’s inviting cross.  Sebastian Carrera briefly levelled the tie after some slack Boca defending but another thundering header from Viatri put Los Xeneizes back ahead.  A fantastic point blank save from Oscar Ustari right at the death ensured that Boca took all three points.

All Boys consigned Union to their fifth consecutive defeat, leading to the resignation of manager Frank Kudelka. The visitors actually took the lead through a Matias Donnet golazo but their advantage didn’t last long after Martin Morel hit back with an equally stunning strike – a beautiful 35 yard swerving volley.  JP Rodriguez joined in on the fun with another impressive strike to put All Boys ahead and Ivan Borghello wrapped up the win with his fourth of the campaign.

Newell’s underlined their title contention form with a deserved 1-0 victory over Estudiantes. Newell’s were the better side but had to wait until late on for the winner, with Ignacio Scocco scoring for a second consecutive home game, and have yet to concede a goal so far.

Lanus were unlucky to suffer defeat away to Arsenal and will have felt they deserved at least a point. Juan Pablo Caffa got the only goal of the game when his free kick was missed by everyone and crept in at the far post.

Velez maintained their impressive start to the season with a 2-1 win over Belgrano.  Velez captain Fabian Cubero opened the scoring, heading in a Federico Insua cross, but Belgrano hit back through Martin Zapata.  An unfortunate Sebastian Rodriguez own goal – already his second of the season – gave Velez the points as both sides ended the game with 10 men.

In Sunday’s opening fixture, Tigre and San Lorenzo played out a 1-1 draw.  Diego Castaño headed Tigre in front but Luis Aguiar equalised for San Lorenzo just five minutes, finishing off a lovely team move by the visitors.

Godoy Cruz heaped more misery onto a still winless Independiente with a 2-1 victory on Sunday.  Things were looking up when Cristian Tula powered in a header from Paulo Rosales’ corner but a brace from David Ramirez gave el Tomba the points.  Ramirez, a constant menace throughout, first struck on the stroke of half time with a well-placed finish from the edge of the area before grabbing a dramatic late winner from the penalty spot after a handball.

A late equaliser rescued a draw for River against unbeaten Colon.  Ruben Ramirez, making his return scored, struck first for the hosts with a bullet header but young centre back German Pezzella tied the game with a well taken goal in his first start of the season.  Not a terrible result for River given Colon’s impressive form but once again the manner of the performance was somewhat underwhelming.

Argentinos Jnrs bounced back from their midweek Copa Sudamericana defeat to Tigre with a 1-0 win away at Quilmes, who themselves have dropped off the pace after a decent start.  Leandro Barrera capitalised on horrible mistake by Quilmes keeper Emanuel Tripodi to score the only goal of the game.

In the final game of the round, Racing confounded San Martin to another loss with a 3-1 victory.  Without a doubt the game belonged to young striker Luciano Vietto who, making his first senior start, scored a fantastic hat-trick. The 18-year-old put Racing one up with a ferocious strike that crashed in off the crossbar before Riaño equalised.  Vietto hit two more to give Racing a two goal cushion and following a red card for Racing keeper Jorge de Olivera, outfield player Agustin Pelletieri saved the resultant spot kick to ensure the game finished 3-1.

Results:

All Boys 3-1 Union Sante Fe
Newells Old Boys 1-0 Estudiantes
Arsenal 1-0 Lanus
Velez Sarsfield 2-1 Belgrano
Tigre 1-1 San Lorenzo
Boca Juniors 2-1 Atletico Rafaela
Godoy Cruz 2-1 Independiente
Colon 1-1 River Plate
Quilmes 0-1 Argentinos Jrs 
Racing Club 3-1 San Martin (SJ)

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