Argentine Primera: Inicial round up week 16

LANUS LATE SURGE SHOWS NO SIGNS OF STOPPING

After a landmark decision to allow the club a move back to Boedo, San Lorenzo celebrated the historic moment with a much needed victory, beating Rafaela 1-0. Denis Stracqualursi’s sixth of the season was enough to give el Ciclon a valuable victory after the Stracq Attack was on hand to pounce on the rebound from Fabian Bordagaray’s initial shot.  The win also sees los Cuervos climb out of the relegation zone.

Independiente’s relegation worries, however, continue after they were soundly beaten 2-0 by Estudiantes on Saturday. Duvan Zapata got his fifth goal of the season when Leonardo Jara’s shot bounced kindly off the post right into the Colombian’s path and young striker Guido Carillo got the second from the penalty spot to make the victory safe, heaping further pressure onto los Diablos Rojos.

Arsenal beat 9 man Godoy Cruz 3-0 to leave the men from Mendoza still looking for a first win since the end of September.  An early goal from Emilio Zelaya gave the hosts the lead but it was the two second half sending offs that changed the game.  Nicolas Sanchez and then Jorge Curbelo were given their marching orders and Juan Pablo Caffa dispatched the resultant free kick to put Arsenal 2-0 up. Zelaya grabbed his brace with a placed finish which sees them unbeaten since Velez put 5 past them at the start of the month.  Godoy Cruz on the other hand are in a terrible rut after a third consecutive defeat.

Tigre fought back from two nil down to salvage a draw as their hunt for a first win of the season goes on.  A Humberto Osorio Botello header and then a deflected Gaston Caprari strike gave the hosts a two nil lead at half time but a quick fire double first from Silvio Gonzalez – with his first goal back in Argentinian football – and second from Mariano Echeverria restored parity.  Ramiro Leone was sent off for Tigre but the score remained two apiece.

Colon finally broke their poor recent run with a somewhat predictable victory over winless Union in the Santa Fe Clasico.  An early red card for Maximiliano Lugo in what was always likely to be a feisty affair didn’t help the struggling Tatengue.  Lucas Mugni scored a powerful left footed effort from the edge of the area in stoppage time to give Colon the lead at half time.  The playing field was levelled when Adrian Bastia was sent off for the hosts but Emmanuel Gigliotti sealed the win when he raced through and calmly finished to give the bragging rights to Colon and leave local rivals without a victory and bottom of the table.

Velez’s title hopes were dealt a severe blow when Santiago Silva came back to haunt his old club and give Boca a narrow 1-0 victory.  Tanque Silva capitalised on a goal mouth scramble to fire Boca ahead after Velez were unable to clear their lines from a corner.  Facundo Ferreyra, a man in blistering recent form, had an evening to forget as he missed some golden opportunities.  One in particular, an open goal from three yards, left him and indeed the entire stadium speechless in disbelief as how he had contrived to miss.  The result sees Boca retain the faintest of hopes of a late title challenge and with three games to go leaves everything to play for.

In the Clasico de los Boys, Newell’s were unable to take advantage of Velez’s slip up and crashed to a 2-1 defeat to All Boys.  Jonathan Ferrari put the away side with a thumping header from a corner and Albo surprisingly doubled their advantage when Mauro Matos dispatched a penalty midway through the second half.  Pablo Perez’s injury time goal proved too little too late as Newell’s unbeaten run finally came to an end.  Whether it be to Martino’s high tempo tactics taking their toll on la Lepra or not, Newell’s have not won in their last four and drop to fourth.  Nevertheless, they are only three points off the top and still have a great chance of getting their hands on the title if their form picks up and it looks set to be a thrilling finale.

Given the previous day’s defeats for Velez and Newell’s, the top of the table clash between Belgrano and Lanus took on a whole added importance in the title race.  In the end it was Lanus, with goals in the first and last minute, who took full advantage to go joint top of the table.  Lanus were ahead after just 25 seconds when Guido Pizarro arrived late in the box to guide home Mario Regueiro’s cross.  In an even and entertaining match Belgrano were more than a match but a combination of resolute defending and Lanus taking their chances were the difference.  And in the last minute substitute Diego Gonzalez killed the game off as the Belgrano defence completely went to sleep and allowed him to waltz in and prod home Lanus’ second.  Lanus’ winning streak now stretches to seven and despite some tricky upcoming fixtures they have a glorious chance for the title that no-one would have predicted a couple of months ago.  Belgrano are still in the hunt but only just as six points, even with a game in hand, will be hard to make up.

Racing played themselves right back into the title race after they hammered Quilmes 4-0 on Monday thanks to some impressive performances by their young stars.  Winger Ricardo Centurion, 19, opened the scoring with a stroked effort from the edge of the area and celebrated in trademark Wachiturro style.  Luis Fariña, 21, doubled the lead with his first for the club after Luciano Vietto had hassled the uncertain Quilmes defence allowing Fariña to steal through and finish coolly.  Fariña grabbed his second after the break when he was played through by Centurion to calmly nutmeg Emanuel Tripodi.  With Quilmes reduced to ten men, Martin Perez Guedes, 21, headed in Gabriel Hauche’s deep cross to give Racing a convincing win that leaves them third in the table and just three points off the top.

In the final game of the weekend, River notched their third goalless draw in the last four games in another scoreless duel with Argentinos Juniors.  River had the better chances – with Rogelio Funes Mori particularly culpable on more than one occasion – and even thought they had won it at the death when Keko Villabla hit the back of the net, only for it to be ruled out for a Funes Mori handball.  Villalba though didn’t realise and continued to celebrate for quite some time after, becoming the butt of many jokes on Twitter. Poor lad.

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

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