Argentine Primera: Inicial round up week 13

YOUNG PRETENDER PAREDES PUTS PIZZI’S SAN LORENZO TO THE SWORD

In the first game of the week, Belgrano maintained their barnstorming form with a 3-1 win away at Rafaela.  Cesar Pereyra and Fabricio Fontanini both saw early red cards as each side were reduced to ten men in the first half hour before Victor Aquino was able to put the visiting Belgrano ahead.  Goals either side of half time from man of the match Jorge Velazquez gave Belgrano an unassailable lead and although  Lucas Bovaglio quickly got one back for Rafaela, las Piratas saw out the victory to keep them firmly in the title hunt.

Another game without a win saw Argentinos manager Leonardo Astrada resign from his post following the 1-1 draw with San Martin on Saturday.  Sebastian Navarro’s deflected strike gave Argentinos the lead but it was soon cancelled out by Mauro Bogado’s thumping long range golazo for the resurgent San Martin.  The draw means Argentinos are now six without a win, while San Martin sit just above the relegation zone.

Union twice came from behind to earn a draw against Estudiantes but remain winless and rock bottom of the league.  Having produced two great saves Martin Perafan was unable to keep out Duvan Zapata’s close range header which gave Estudiantes an early lead.  Diego Jara equalised for Union with a lovely finish after el Pincha’s defence was unable to clear a free kick but a well taken goal from centre back Jonathan Schunke saw them regain the lead.  However, youngster Federico Chiapello pulled it back again with his second of the season and earning his side a rare point.

Buoyed by their late Superclasico equaliser last week, Boca carried that momentum into Saturday’s clasico with San Lorenzo with Leandro Paredes playing a starring role in a 3-1 victory.  Los Xeneizes were ahead after just 5 minutes when Paredes’ shot from the edge of the area wrong footed San Lorenzo keeper Paolo Migliore to give the young starlet his first senior goal for the side.  San Lorenzo quickly hit back thanks to an impressive volley from Mathias Mirabaje but Paredes put Boca back in front with a low, well hit 25-yard golazo for his second of the game.  The game was wrapped up when Migliore couldn’t hold on to a powerful effort from Santiago Silva, leaving an unmarked Rolando Schiavi to rifle in the rebound and guarantee Boca a first win in six.

Velez smashed a shambolic Arsenal on Saturday night to keep the pressure on Newell’s at the top of the table, cutting the gap to just one point.  They got off to a dream start when Facundo Ferreyra (below) opened the scoring after 2 mins, reacting quickest to the rebound from Alejandro Cabral’s saved shot.  Lucas Pratto doubled the lead and el Fortin were 3 up in under half an hour when Chucky Ferreyra notched his second, expertly finishing off an absolutely brilliant team move consisting of 19 passes.  There were faint traces of a comeback when Nicolas Aguirre caught the Velez defence napping to score one for Arsenal but any revival was quashed when Fernando Tobio scored shortly after half time, bundling the ball into the net from close range after Ferreyra had headed Federico Insua’s free kick into the danger area.  Ferreyra capped of a virtuoso display by completing his hat-trick and ensuring that Velez ran out handsome winners.

Ten-man Godoy Cruz came from behind to draw against league leaders Newell’s on Sunday.  In-form striker Ignacio Scocco struck once again for his ninth of the season after good persistence by Lucas Bernardi allowed Scocco to play a delightful one-two with Pablo Perez and fire in from the edge of the area.  Jorge Curbelo was sent off for Godoy Cruz before half time but Mauro Obolo rescued a point for the home side, pouncing on Nahuel Guzman’s unconvincing initial save.  The result, plus victories for Velez and Belgrano, see things tighten up again at the top of the table.  Newell’s are still unbeaten but they may well look back on this game as a pivotal moment in the title chase.

A fantastic comeback salvaged a draw for Colon as they struck twice at the death to deny Quilmes victory.  Juan Manuel Cobo netted for Quilmes after Diego Pozo could only beat away Pablo Lima’s vicious free kick and Ernesto Goñi gave los Cerveceros a 2-0 lead at half time with a thumping header.  It looked as if all three points were staying in Quilmes but a Goñi own goal and an injury time equaliser from Emanuel Gigliotti, following up Maxi Caire’s effort from the edge of the box, saw Colon snatch a surprise draw.

River suffered a Superclasico hangover as they were unable to beat All Boys in Floresta.  It was a game of few chances and not a great deal of quality, with River captain receiving a red card late on.  Since All Boys return to the Primera, River have failed not only to beat them but even score a goal against them with that run now extending to three games.

A late equaliser from Tigre denied Racing a chance to make up vital points at the top of the table, as Luis Zubeldia’s men had to settle for a draw on Monday evening.  Young midfielder Bruno Zuculini opened the scoring for Racing (despite there being more than a hint of handball in the build-up to the well-finished goal) but an equaliser from Alejandro Donatti with one minute remaining denied Racing the win.  Racing appear to be dropping off the pace just a a crucial time and they have no win in last three games.  Tigre, under new boss Nestor Gorosito, remain winless.

In the weekend’s final game, two of the form teams went head to head with Lanus emerging victorious.  Silvio Romero put Lanus ahead, seizing on an error from Cristian Tula and cooly rounding the keeper to slot in the opener, and Gonzalo Castillejos sealed the tie with a simple tap in after good work by Mario Regueiro to give Lanus a fourth win in a row.  They are now just four points off the top and could well challenge should they maintain their sparkling form.  Independiente’s streak came to an end and injuries to Claudio Morel Rodriguez and Leonel Buter on his debut ensured an awful day at the office to the Red Devils.

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

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