Argentine Primera: Inicial round up week 11

NO DREAM START FOR PIZZI

New boss Juan Antonio Pizzi couldn’t get his reign off to a winning start as his side played out a 0-0 draw in Mendoza against Godoy Cruz.  Try as they might, San Lorenzo couldn’t find a winner and have now failed to find the net in their last three games.  The result sees them slip into the relegation zone but both sides should take some solace from the clean sheet.

In the first game of the round, late goals in each half gave Arsenal a first win in six against a Colon side who have massively dropped in form after a bright start.  Lisandro Lopez struck on the cusp of half time, reacting quickest to a loose ball in the box, and Jorge Ortiz capped a fine performance with an injury time goal to make it 2-0.  Colon perhaps had one eye on their midweek Sudamericana clash against Cerro Porteño but nevertheless their tag as early title contenders seems to be slipping by the week.

Independiente finally look as if they are starting to click after recording a third successive victory on Friday evening away against Argentinos.  Centre back Julian Velazquez, who almost moved to Genoa this summer, grabbed the only goal of the game with a decent header from Luis Ojeda’s deep free kick to give los Diablos Rojos a vital three points

A Mauro Matos goal halted Belgrano’s fine run of recent form to give All Boys a narrow victory on Saturday.  Belgrano, with four wins from their last five, looked like extending their hot streak but an error from keeper Juan Carlos Olave, who failed to deal with Patricio Toranzo’s long range effort, allowed the talismanic Matos to steal in and pounce on the rebound. 

In the battle between two of the early season strugglers, it was San Martin who emerged victorious with their first away win of the season to leave Union rooted to the foot of the table. First half goals from Mauro Bogado and Humberto Osorio Botello – his 5th of the season – saw the side from San Juan race into the lead.  A late own goal from Lucas Landa set up a nervy finish but San Martin held on for a massive win in the fight to avoid relegation, lifting them out of the relegation zone. Union however look a dead cert to go down and are now 15 games without a win.

Velez kept themselves right in the title race with a narrow 1-0 victory over Tigre, who parted ways with coach Rodolfo Arruabarrena following the defeat.  Velez were the better side throughout, going close through Ferreyra and Pratto, but left it late to snatch a deserved victory.  Despite going down to 10 men when Francisco Cerro was sent off, Velez found a winner through Alejandro Cabral who collected the ball on the edge of the area and fired the ball in to kill of a resilient Tigre, who are still without a win this season.

In the big clash of the title contenders, nothing could separate Racing and Newell’s on Saturday night as they played an entertaining but scoreless draw in Estadio Juan Domingo Peron.  Javier Campora hit the bar for Racing in the opening stages while Ignacio Scocco spurned Newell’s best chance of the first half.  Matias Cahais and Luciano Vietto both went close for Racing in the second half but no-one could find the winner.  The result means Newell’s remain top of the table, still points ahead of Racing, with everything still to play for.

River were unable to maintain their good form ahead of next week’s Superclasico, losing by a single goal to nil against Quilmes on Sunday. The game was initially delayed after some fans let some chickens loose on the pitch – a pejorative reference to River’s fans unwanted nickname ‘gallinas’.  With the game underway, Martin Cauteruccio, the man whose goals had sunk Boca on the opening day, popped up once again seizing on a dreadful attempted clearance by Jonathan Bottinelli to fire in the winner and his sixth of the season. 

Rafaela and Lanus played out a feisty game in which three red cards were brandished. Maxi Velazquez was the first man to see red after collecting two yellows in just over 30 minutes. But it was the 10 men of Lanus who went ahead when an unmarked Pablo Goltz was allowed to steer in Victor Ayala’s driven free kick.  Lucas Bovaglio was sent off for the hosts to make the numbers equal again before Carlos Araujo’s golazo made it 2-0 for Lanus.  However, Rafaela immediately struck back through Sebastian Grazzini before he too was sent off.  Referee German Delfino was struck by an object thrown from the crowd, causing the game to be stopped for 10 minutes, but Lanus eventually saw out the victory in a heated encounter.

Much like their cross-town rivals, Boca were also unable to carry good form into the Superclasico after a 0-0 draw with Estudiantes on Sunday evening.  In a damp night in the Bombonera, chances were few and far between.  Lucas Viatri missed a golden opportunity and Sanchez Miño’s cross was turned onto his own bar by Jonathan Schunke while Augustin Orion had to be at his best to keep out Gata Fernandez.  Boca’s failure to win means they have now gone a whole month without victory and next week’s Superclasico could be decisive for under fire boss Julio Falcioni.

Results:
Arsenal 2-0 Colon
Argentinos 0-1 Independiente
All Boys 1-0 Belgrano
Union 1–2 San Martin
Godoy Cruz 0-0 San Lorenzo
Tigre 0-1 Velez
Racing 0-0 Newells
Quilmes 1-0 River
Rafaela 1–2 Lanus
Boca 0–0 Estudiantes

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