Argentine Primera: Inicial round up week 6


After parting company with boss Facundo Sava, San Martin got their first points of the campaign in spectacular fashion with a shock 4-0 win against champions Arsenal.  Emanuel Mas put the hosts ahead with a ferocious strike from the edge of the area and Mauro Bogado doubled the advantage from the penalty spot following Lisandro Lopez’s handball and expulsion.  The flood gates had well and truly opened, as early in the second half Humberto Osorio Botello scored a beautiful lob to make it three and then the Colombian raced through only to be brought down by Diego Bragheri, who duly received his marching orders.  Jorge Luna converted the resultant penalty to seal a comprehensive victory against 9-man Arsenal.

Rafaela got their first win of the season with a 2-1 victory over All Boys.  Juan Eluchans stroked home an early free kick and a defensive mix up allowed Sebastian Grazzini to fire home against his old club and put La Crema two up in under half an hour. Mauro Matos grabbed a late consolation but Rafaela held on to claim a vital three points.

Estudiantes and Velez played out a dull 0-0 draw on Saturday evening.  The result means Velez missed the opportunity to push on in the title race while Estudiantes continue their indifferent form.

San Lorenzo caused another upset by beating Colon 2-1 to end the Sabaleros unbeaten start to the season.  El Ciclon’s first came after Ignacio Piatti wriggled free in the area and found Julio Buffarini storming in at the far post and Denis Stracqualursi doubled the lead, heading in Buffarini’s cross after 65mins.  Sebastian Prediger was sent off for Colon but they did manage a late consolation through Gerardo Alcoba to set up a nervy finale.

In the clasico of the Juniors, Boca could only draw 1-1 against a spirited Argentinos Juniors side on Sunday afternoon.  Alejandro Capurro lit up the game after 27 minutes, robbing Somoza of possession and unleashing a wonderful effort from 25 yards.  Boca were soon level after a dubious penalty was awarded as Juan Sabia was adjudged to have wrestled Silva to the ground, injuring himself in the process. Pablo Ledesma masterfully dispatched the resultant penalty into the top corner.  Diego Placente was sent off for an elbow on Emiliano Albin but Boca were unable to make the man advantage count, both Nicolas Colazo and Walter Erviti guilty of missing great chances.  Despite the draw, Boca remain top of the table by a point.

Racing were another of the title contenders to drop points after a sole Cesar Carranza goal gave Belgrano a 1-0 victory. With the first half nearing its end, Juan Quiroga stung the palms of debutant keeper Diego Galanternik keeper and Carranza headed in the rebound to continue his good goalscoring record against Racing.  Belgrano had Martin Zapata and Pier Barrios sent off but claimed the three points.

Independiente and Quilmes drew 1-1 on Sunday night as the side from Avellaneda struggle to kick start their season.  Jacobo Mansilla fired Quilmes ahead after good build up play from Miguel Caneo and Martin Cauterrucio but Ernesto Farias equalised in the second half to level the tie.

River and Newell’s played out a veritable thriller in the Monumental in the most exciting game of the round.  Pablo Perez opened the scoring, volleying home from close range after Ignacio Scocco’s effort was palmed high, but not far enough away, by Marcelo Barovero.  River hit back quickly though, first with an expertly executed volley from Trezeguet – scoring his first goal in the Primera – and then a golazo from Rodrigo Mora. The Uruguayan, wide on the right, saw the keeper expecting a cross and drifted a perfectly floated shot into the net.  River went further ahead when Rogelio Funes Mori made it 3-1 with a nice finish but Newell’s were not going to lie down that easily.  A quick-fire brace from Ignacio Scocco – his third and fourth of the season – quickly restored parity though.  Scocco’s first came from the spot after a needless handball by Carlos Sanchez, while the second was a thunderous half-volley into the top corner after Perez cushioned Martin Tonso’s cross.  The pulsating game ended 3-3 and although Newell’s remain unbeaten, their failure to win ensures that it remains excruciatingly tight at the top.

Union got their first point of the season with an injury time equaliser against Tigre.  Young striker Diego Ftacla had put Tigre ahead in the first half with his 3rd of the Inicial but Diego Galvan tied the game late on to deny Tigre – who had Lucas Orban sent off – their first win of the season.

In the final game of the round, Lanus beat Godoy Cruz 2-0.  Godoy Cruz had chances but an early goal from Mauricio Pereyra and a second from Paolo Goltz was enough for el Granate to earn the three points.


San Martin (SJ) 4-0 Arsenal
Atletico Rafaela 2-1 All Boys
Estudiantes 0-0 Velez Sarsfield
San Lorenzo 2-1 Colon
Argentinos Juniors 1-1 Boca Juniors
Belgrano 1-0 Racing Club
Independiente 1-1 Quilmes
River Plate 3-3 Newells Old Boys
Union Sante Fe 1-1 Tigre
Lanus 2-0 Godoy Cruz