Argentine Primera: Inicial round up week 15
CROWD TROUBLE MARS BELGRANO’S VISIT TO INDEPENDIENTE
In a rare midweek round of fixtures, Velez and Lanus strengthened their positions at the top while Newell’s slipped up again but what dominated the action on the field was the idiocy of some Independiente fans off the field who threw explosive devices at Belgrano goalkeeper Juan Carlos Olave (above) and caused the game to be suspended. Boludos the lot of them!
In the first game of the round, an injury time winner gave Argentinos Juniors a first win in 8 games, as they edged Estudiantes 2-1. Pablo Barzola slid in to make sure Diego Placente’s header hit the back of the net to give Argentinos Jnrs the lead in the first half. On form striker Duvan Zapata equalised for Estudiantes with his 4th in the last 3 games and the duel looked as if it was heading for a familiar draw for el Bicho. But a last gasp winner from Leonel Nuñez, who stole in at the back post to bundle in Juan Luis Anangono’s instinctive goalward backheel after good work by Leandro Barrera on the wing, gave Argentinos a much needed win. Gabriel Schurrer now takes over at La Paternal and will hope to build on this performance ahead of the weekend’s game against River.
Union’s wait for a first win goes on after they were held by fellow strugglers San Lorenzo on Tuesday. San Lorenzo, who recently received permission to move back to their original home of Boedo, got off to a flying start when Denis Stracqualursi scored from the penalty spot. Stracq then proceeded to show a tattoo of Colon, Union’s local rivals, on his calf and duly received a yellow for inciting the crowd. Cheeky. Andre Franzoia grabbed an equaliser with his first goal for the club and then on the stroke of half time Bruno Bianchi fired in a well-executed half volley to give Union the lead. Hopes of a first win for el Tatengue were short lived as Fabian Bordagaray slotted home shortly after the break to make it 2-2. Neither side could find a winner and the draw is a result that serves either side as they try to beat the drop.
Velez overcame a tough away trip to Quilmes to stay top of the Primera. Wilfrido Olivera was sent off for los Cerveceros at end of first half for an elbow on Facundo Ferreyra. Velez looked to press home their man advantage and it fell to man of the moment Ferreyra. Chucky has been in blistering form and he was on hand to tap in Alejandro Cabral’s drilled cross to make it 6 in his last 3 outings. It proved enough to be a big 3 points for el Fortin as they held off 10-man Quilmes. One worry will be that first choice defenders Sebastian Dominguez, Emiliano Papa and Fabian Cubero all picked up yellow cards and will miss the huge match against Boca on Sunday. It will be a big test for Velez’s already young squad and could be decisive in the title race.
In a mid-table clash, the honours were shared between All Boys and Colon as they played out a 1-1 draw. Sebastian Prediger gave Colon the lead after a swift counter attack and exchange with Gabriel Graciani but JP Rodriguez struck straight after the break to ensure they shared the points. Colon have now drawn the last four games as their once promising season has petered out.
On Wednesday evening, Rafaela and River contested a fairly turgid 0-0 draw. River had the better chances but a combination of good goalkeeping by Guillermo Sara and poor finishing kept it goalless. Perhaps the most noteworthy moment was the injury to promising defender German Pezzella who joins four other defensive players on the treatment table. After another draw for River, it looks set to be a mid-table finish, which, to be honest, they probably would have taken at the start of the year. However, they will still be looking over their shoulders and a couple more wins would ease any worries.
As previously mentioned, the match between Independiente and Belgrano was called off due to crowd trouble. Belgrano had been leading thanks to a golazo from Jorge Velazquez but at the beginning of the second half a projectile was thrown extremely close to Belgrano goalkeeper Juan Carlos Olave and proceeded to be thrown until the game was rightly called off. Both sides will be aggrieved by the moronic and cowardly behaviour with Belgrano on course for another victory in their title push and Independiente hardly need any more setbacks as they look to avoid relegation.
Racing broke a run of five games without a win with a 1-0 victory away to Godoy Cruz. Young starlet Luciano Vietto got the only goal of the game when he was left with a simple tap in after a good cross Ricardo Centurion. Godoy Cruz Nelson Ibañez was later sent off for completely wiping out Vietto and Racing, with the man advantage, saw out the victory. It was a first home defeat for Godoy Cruz who are now without a win in 6 games.
Lanus maintained their fantastic form with a sixth straight victory for Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s men, dispatching San Martin 2-1 on Thursday. Diego Valeri put the hosts ahead after 10 mins, stumbling round the keeper after being found by a wonderful threaded pass by Mauricio Pereyra. El Granate then went two up after they were awarded an extraordinarily soft penalty which Silvio Romero cheekily chipped down the middle. Francisco Alarcon pulled one back for San Martin with a well struck long range effort for the Chilean’s first goal since his move. The win moves Lanus up to second in the league, just three points off the top, and is the first time a club has won six in a row since Banfield and Newell’s did it in the 2009 Apertura.
In what would have been a top of the table battle just 6 months, both Tigre and Arsenal are now scrapping it out at the bottom of the table despite the fact both will feature in next year’s Libertadores. Arsenal emerged victorious thanks to a sole goal from Lisandro Lopez giving the current champions the win and leaving Tigre still looking for a first win.
Newell’s slipped further in the title race after a 0-0 draw with Boca on Thursday night. As they tend to do Newell’s bossed possession but couldn’t find a way past a Boca side seemingly happy with a draw. Leandro Paredes forced a smart save from Nahuel Guzman and Maxi Urruti had the best chance for Newell’s when his late goalbound effort was cleared off the line by Franco Sosa. Newell’s now slip to third after three consecutive draws but are still just three points off the top and remain well in the hunt.
Argentinos 2–1 Estudiantes
Union 2–2 San Lorenzo
Quilmes 0–1 Velez
All Boys 1–1 Colon
Rafaela 0–0 River
Independiente SUSP Belgrano
Godoy Cruz 0–1 Racing
Lanus 2–1 San Martin
Tigre 0–1 Arsenal
Boca 0–0 Newell’s