Argentine Primera: Inicial round up week 19
FLACO BOWS OUT WITH WIN
In the first game of the final week of fixtures, Arsenal continued their strong finish to the season with a 1-0 victory away at All Boys. Emilio Zelaya scored the decisive goal – his 2nd in two weeks – when his cross evaded Gustavo Canales but nestled in the back of the net after 20 minutes. The win sees Arsenal finish seventh and they will hope they carry this good form into the Libertadores next term.
Union came ever so close to their first and only win of the season, only to be denied by an injury time Ricardo Centurion goal to draw 1-1 against Racing. Nicolas Correa put the hosts ahead after good work from a corner and as the clock ticked down it seemed like los Tatengues would hold on for victory until Centurion headed in after some pinball from a last gasp corner. The draw means Racing finish fifth but with their highest total in 10 years while Union remain rooted to the bottom.
An Ignacio Scocco brace gave Newell’s a 3-1 victory against Argentinos 3-1 on Saturday as the frontman looked to walk away with the golden boot award. Scocco first turned provided as he slid Victor Figueroa through on goal, the midfielder blasting in at the second time of asking. Scocco then grabbed a goal himself when he cut in from the left and arrowed in a fierce right footed drive for his 12th of the season and another beauty to add to a growing list of special strikes. However, Scocco missed a great opportunity for another when he blasted over a penalty. Juan Anangono pulled one back for Argentinos but Scocco finally got his second in injury time when Luis Ojeda was unable to hold his venomous shot, taking his tally up to 13 in what has been a marvellous season for Nacho since his return to Argentine football.
In an emotional day at the Bombonera, Godoy Cruz manager Martin Palermo was unable to engineer a victory against his former club as a 2-1 Boca win gave Rolando Schiavi the perfect send-off before he retired. Armando Cooper threatened to spoil the party when he put Godoy Cruz ahead after an hour but Boca responded quickly through Gaston ‘Pol’ Fernandez, who smashed the ball home after Santiago Silva forced an almighty goalmouth scramble. With the game heading for a draw, substitute Nico Blandi headed in from close range in injury time to allow Flaco Schiavi to bow out in style. Schiavi is set to join up with Palermo at Godoy Cruz to take up a coaching position. The other notable departure is Julio Falcioni who will not continue as Boca manager as many expected.
A late Chiqui Perez penalty gave Belgrano a narrow win over Estudiantes and sees them finish 3rd in the Inicial with the same points as second placed Newells. The penalty was given after Picante Perreyra saw his header crash off the crossbar and then handled by Marcos Gelabert. Perez stepped up and despatched coolly from the spot to wrap up a great season for las Piratas.
Velez finished off their season in winning style beating Rafaela 3-0 to ensure that the champions maintained their 5 point lead at the top. After Scocco had moved clear at top of goal scoring charts earlier in the day, it fell to Facundo Ferreyra to try and catch him up. Ferreyra duly scored the first for his 12th of the season after he fired in from Federico Insua’s corner. Lucas Pratto doubled Velez’s late on with a routine header and then Chucky got his 13th to equal Scocco’s tally with a penalty to give Velez a resounding 3-0 victory.
The Quilmes v Tigre was postponed because of Tigre’s participation in the Copa Sudamericana final and is due to be played in 2013. Though it won’t affect the Torneo Inicial it could well be important in the relegation battle at the end of the Final.
Lanus and San Lorenzo drew 0-0 in a game that very much had an end of season feel about it. San Lorenzo had the better chances but were unable to find a way through a Lanus side that boasts the tightest defence in the league. The draw saws Lanus finish fourth while San Lorenzo – unbeaten in their last six – will hope to carry their end of season form into the Final.
Second half strikes from Manuel Lanzini and Carlos Sanchez gave River Plate a solid 2-0 victory away at San Martin. San Martin were the better side in the first half but Lanzini – restored to the starting line-up – thumped in a sumptuous effort to put the visitors ahead. Carlos Sanchez pumped in an even better effort six minutes later and sealed a win for los Millonarios, who finish the season 8th with a very respectable 29 points in their first season back.
Independiente will go into the Torneo Final in serious danger of relegation after a 2-2 draw with Colon compounded a miserable season for los Diablos Rojos. Osmar Ferreyra got things off to a good start with an early free kick that ripped into the back of the net but a quick fire Emanuel Gigliotti brace – his ninth and tenth of the season – at the start of the second half saw the game swing into Colon’s favour. But a Tecla Farias equaliser rescued a point for Independiente who finish the season 18th.
All Boys 0–1 Arsenal
Union 1-1 Racing
Argentinos 1-3 Newell’s
Boca 2-1 Godoy Cruz
Belgrano 1–0 Estudiantes
Rafaela 0–3 Velez
Quilmes PSPT Tigre
Lanus 0-0 San Lorenzo
San Martin 0–2 River
Independiente 2–2 Colon