Argentine Primera: Inicial round up week 14


In the first game of the week, title contenders Belgrano missed the opportunity to go top of the table with a scoreless draw against Argentinos Juniors.  After a sluggish start Belgrano began to feel their way into the game but were found wanting up front.  A great save by Luis Ojeda in the final minutes ensured managerless Argentinos came away with a point as they continue their search for a win.

A second consecutive draw saw Newell’s advantage further eroded as they drew a blank against Quilmes on Friday evening.  Martino’s men enjoyed the lion’s share of the possession and looked the better side for most of the game but were unable to take their chances.  La Lepra were frustrated time and time again by Quilmes keeper Emanuel Tripodi, who was in fantastic form between the sticks, and had to settle for a draw.  They remain unbeaten but slip to second in the table with five games remaining.

Velez came from behind to beat Godoy Cruz on Friday night and go top of the table.  Alexis Castro put Godoy Cruz ahead after 15 minutes but a brace from in-form striker Facundo ‘Chucky’ Ferreyra, now on 7 for the season, gave Velez the vital win.  Fresh from scoring a hat-trick last weekend, Ferreyra was gifted the first after a monumental cock up by the Godoy Cruz defenders allowed the young striker to round Ibanez and slot home.  Ferreyra then struck the winner when he lashed home after his initial attempt was blocked.  Velez’s fourth straight win sees them leapfrog Newell’s who only managed a draw earlier in the day.

Juan Antonio Pizzi got his first win as San Lorenzo boss as he saw his side thump All Boys 4-0 in the Nuevo Gasometro this Saturday.  Denis Stracqualursi gave San Lorenzo the lead from the penalty spot after Enzo Kalinski was felled in the box and then Walter Kannemann doubled their advantage with a fine header from Luis Aguiar’s corner. Shortly after All Boys were reduced to 10 men when Patricio Toranzo was given his marching orders for a second bookable offence. Albo’s day didn’t get any better when the Stracq Attack got his 2nd of the afternoon when he nodded in Aguiar’s perfect centre.  Aguiar grabbed the goal he richly deserved in the final stages with a lovely volley, putting the icing on the cake of an emphatic San Lorenzo victory, their first in 8 games.

Two goals from Rodrigo Mora gave River a first win in four against lowly Union.  Mora first struck just before half time with a fantastically executed hooked shot over his head and then killed the game off when he coolly finished after Carlos Sanchez had intercepted a loose pass.  Crisitan Ledesma was sent off for the hosts in what was a fairly routine win against Union, who are still yet to win.

Estudiantes came from behind to beat Rafaela 3-1 on Saturday evening.  Oscar Carniello opened the scoring for Rafaela, heading home from Ivan Juarez’s free kick but young Colombian striker Duvan Zapata equalised for el Pincha from the penalty spot five minutes before half time.  Roman Martinez gave Estudiantes the lead with a powerful low drive from the edge of the area before Duvan Zapata’s second of the night puts the result beyond doubt thanks to a huge goalkeeping area by Guillermo Sara, who’s hesitation allowed Zapata to nip in and poke in his third in the last two games.

Lanus’ great recent form continued on Sunday with a 4-1 victory over Tigre as they make a late surge for the title.  Tigre, who during the week booked a place in the semi-finals of the Copa Sudamericana, struck first when Matias Perez Garcia scored a wonderful lofted volley to put the visitors in front after 10 minutes.  Their lead didn’t last long as Guido Pizarro rose highest to power in a header from Victor Ayala’s corner and Lanus went in front when Mario Regueiro’s cross-come-shot was turned into his own net by keeper Javier Garcia.  With Tigre pushing for an equaliser, Lanus were able to sweep up the field in a swift counter attack, leaving Matias Fritzler with the simple task of tapping in to make it 3-1.  And Tigre were hit again just two minutes later when a long punt found Regueiro who played in Silvio Romero for another simple finish.  An injury time penalty save from Agustin Marchesin kept the score at 4-1 to deny Tigre a consolation goal.  Lanus’ fifth win on the bounce sees them move up into third while Tigre are still without a league victory.

Independiente were unable to bounce back from their midweek Copa Sudamericana exit as they drew 0-0 with fellow relegation candidates San Martin.  Independiente have struggled to find the net this season with only 9 goals scored and this again proved to be the case against San Martin.  A fabulous save Hilario Navarro ensured that they at least collected one point.  However, they need to start winning games sharpish if they are to avoid the drop.

Boca’s indifferent recent form continued as they drew 0-0 away at Colon on Sunday evening.  Leandro Paredes and Lucas Viatri both went close for Boca and Colon substitute Gabriel Graciani wrattled the cross bar for the hosts but neither side could find a breakthrough.  The draw means Boca are well and truly out of the title hunt and seemed destined for an uninspiring top half finish.

Fresh from their midweek Supercopa win over Boca, Arsenal took on Racing in the final game of the round.  However, just as the weekend’s action had started the game similarly ended in a goalless 0-0 draw, ensuring that half of the games didn’t see a single goal!  In true Racing fashion it seems that Zubeldia’s men have suffered from title vertigo right at the business end of the season and have only one win in their last five.  Arsenal are not the side that won the Clausura six months ago but they will hope to continue improving ahead of their Libertadores campaign next year.


Results (w/ highlights):

Belgrano 0-0 Argentinos
Newell’s 0-0 Quilmes
Velez 2–1 Godoy Cruz
San Lorenzo 4-0 All Boys
River 2-0 Union
Estudiantes 3–1 Rafaela
Lanus 4–1 Tigre
San Martin 0–0 Independiente
Colon 0–0 Boca Juniors
Racing 0–0 Arsenal