Argentine Primera: Inicial round up week 10


Lanus kicked off the weekend’s action with a 2-0 home win against struggling Union on Friday.  Silvio Romero opened the scoring when he sprinted onto Mauricio Pereyra’s lofted through ball and finished superbly with a deft lob.  Mario Regueiro doubled el Granate’s advantage in the second half from the penalty spot after being hauled down by Bruno Bianchi, the Union defender receiving his marching orders.  The win perhaps signals that Lanus are clicking into some good form under Guillermo Barros Schelloto after a difficult start to the season.

After being involved in two high scoring games, Argentinos reverted to type with a 0-0 draw against Tigre.  Both sides have the worst defensive record in the league and will take some solace from their clean sheet.  The result also means Tigre are still in search of their first win and have now drawn six of their ten games this season.

10 man San Martin came from a goal behind to win their third consecutive home game.  Mauro Matos put All Boys ahead just before half time with a beautiful effort from the edge of the area.  San Martin half time substitute Cristian Alvarez lasted all of 3 minutes before he was sent off for a second bookable offence.  Nevertheless a Humberto Osorio Botello brace gave a resurgent San Martin the win.

San Lorenzo were unlucky not to grab a much needed victory against Arsenal in the Nuevo Gasometro this Saturday.  Los Cuervos had the better opportunities, the clearest falling to Denis Stracqualursi whose headed effort was cleared off the line by Lisandro Lopez, but were unable to find the back of the net and remain in a precarious position.

An injury time winner from Duvan Zapata gave Estudiantes a narrow victory over Quilmes.  Roman Martinez had put the students ahead with a powerful placed effort but a Martin Cauterruccio’s equaliser – his 5th of season – made the game look as if it was heading for a draw.  But Zapata snatched the three points when the Colombian found himself in the right place to prod home from close range.  The defeat sees Quilmes drop to bottom in the promedios and they’ll be desperate to pick up some wins if they are to avoid a relegation scrap

Racing’s title challenger credentials were tested as they emerged victorious against Colon on Saturday night.  In a rematch of the Sudamericana tie between the two sides that saw Colon triumph in both legs, it was Racing who got their revenge thanks to a late winner from Luciano Vietto.  The 18-year-old starlet ran on to Mauro Camoranesi’s through ball and expertly dinked the ball over the onrushing Diego Pozo and into the empty net.  The win sent Racing top of the table at the end of the days play while Colon have severely dropped off the pace after a decent start to the season.

Boca slumped to yet another defeat going down 3-1 against Belgrano in Cordoba.  Things started brightly for Falcioni’s men when Santiago Silva had all the time in the world to pick his spot after being put through by an intelligent flick from Walter Erviti to give Boca an early lead.  Belgrano hit back through centre back Sergio Rodriguez who capitalised on some shambolic Boca marking to turn in a Jorge Velazquez free kick for the equaliser.  And it was Belgrano who started best after the break, Victor Aquino putting the hosts 2-1 up after a determined run from his own half.  Boca had Cristian Cellay sent off and moments later Guillermo Farre couldn’t miss after great work from Lucas Melano, sealing the win with 20 minutes remaining.  The result sees Belgrano leapfrog Boca into third while los Xeneizes drop to fifth.

In the big battle at the top of the table, title contenders Newell’s and Velez took each other on in  a very watchable and close encounter.  Whoever got the win would be dealt a massive advantage in the title race and it was Newell’s who edged the tie to maintain their unbeaten start to the season. The sole goal of the game came in the very first minute when Maxi Rodriguez stole in at the far post to meet Ignacio Scocco’s dangerous cross to score his first goal for the club since his move from Liverpool.  Velez keeper German Montoya kept his side in the game with a string of fine saves but they were unable to find a way past a well marshalled Newell’s defence.  The win means that Newell’s remain top at the half way stage, two points ahead of their closest rivals Racing.

Sergio Aguero was in the crowd to witness his former side record their first back-to-back league win since March, beating Rafaela 2-0.  Luciano Leguizamon grabbed the first after being played through by Ernesto Farias and Osmar Ferreyra struck the decisive blow midway through the second half, once again set up by Farias, to give Independiente a much needed victory.

River won big for the second week in a row, dismantling an out of sorts Godoy Cruz 5-0 in the final fixture of the round.  Martin Aguirre put the hosts ahead in under 10 minutes and Leo Ponzio soon doubled River’s advantage scoring from a free kick when he had no right to at all.  Carlos Sanchez, finding himself in acres of space, made it three just after the hour mark with a cool finish and Rodrigo Mora capitalised on an awful error from Nelson Ibanez –  the Godoy Cruz keeper dropping the ball right at the Uruguayan’s feet mere yards out – for los Millonarios’ fourth of the evening.  They went one better than last week when Carlos Sanchez (who tragically lost his father earlier this week) saved the best for last, picking the ball 25 yards out, looking up and beautifully lobbing the keeper.  The win takes River up to 8th, just one point behind Godoy Cruz, and well clear of the promedios, much to the relief of boss Matias Almeyda.

Lanus 2–0 Union
Argentinos Jnrs 0–0 Tigre
San Martin 2–1 All Boys
San Lorenzo 0–0 Arsenal
Estudiantes 2–1 Quilmes
Colon 0–1 Racing
Belgrano 3–1 Boca Jnrs
Independiente 2–0 Rafaela
Newell’s 1–0 Velez
River 5–0 Godoy Cruz