Revista del Argieball: week 2



Independiente clung on for a massive win against champions Velez despite playing with ten men for most of the game.  After Julian Velazquez’s early red card things weren’t looking good for los Diablos Rojos but a fine goal from defender Cristian Tula – his second in two games – on the stroke of half time proved to be decisive.  The ball broke to Tula after Sebastian Sosa had failed to deal with a corner and, with his back to goal, Tula hooked the ball into the far corner.  Only the player himself will know whether he was just trying to turn it back into the danger zone or going for an inspired strike.  Nevertheless, a toothless Velez couldn’t find a way past a dogged Independiente.  El Fortin don’t quite look the same side without Chucky Ferreyra up front but were probably suffering from their continental hangover after a midweek loss away in Ecuador to Emelec.  For Indpendiente the win couldn’t have come at a better time with the Avellaneda clasico coming up this week and will hope to use this result as a springboard to survival.

In the most attractive tie of the weekend, Lanus continued their magnificent start to the season with a comprehensive 3-0 victory away at Newell’s. A composed goal from Silivio Romero got el granate off to a flying start before a Marcos Caceres own goal gave Lanus a solid lead at half time.  A Mario Regueiro penalty shortly after the break sealed the win and takes Lanus top with seven scored and none conceded.  With no Libertadores distraction they should be one of the hot favourites to take the title.

The only other side with 100% record after two games is River who edged Estudiantes thanks to a bit of class from David Trezeguet.  The former French international struck the decisive blow midway through the first half.  A clever ball from Ariel Rojas found him in the box where he guided a lovely cushioned volley down into the ground and over a helpless Agustin Silva.  A real touch of class which proved to be the difference between the sides to give River a second 1-0 win of the season.

Trezeguet gol

Racing managed to bounce back from last week’s disappointing result with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Argentinos Juniors.  A fantastic solo effort from Luciano Vietto put them ahead before Agustin Pelletieri wrapped up the win.  Argentinos on the other hand are in a real slump and Gabriel Schurrer hasn’t got going at all.  Could he be one of the first managerial casualties in the trigger happy world of Argentinian football?

Unlike Racing, Boca weren’t able to turn things around following a disappointing midweek defeat to Toluca in the Libertadores.  A 0-0 draw against Tigre was hardly the worst result for either side who both remain unbeaten and have their attention on the Libertadores.  Most of the pre-game talk revolved around the Riquelme saga (surprise, surprise) after Juan Roman had snubbed Tigre after signing terms to rejoin Boca.

San Lorenzo also drew 0-0 for the second time this season, this time against Belgrano.  Two clean sheets will be a welcome change but there will be concerns about their inability to hit the back of the net – Ignacio Piatti with the best chance, missing an open goal after rounding the keeper.  Gone are the pressing relegation concerns of last year but they will be have to be careful not to get dragged back into the scrap.

Elsewhere Godoy Cruz beat Union with two headed goals that boss Martin Palermo would have been proud of himself, while Quilmes beat All Boys 2-1 for their first win of the season.  Colon came back to draw 1-1 with San Martin and Arsenal played out a dull 0-0 bore draw with Rafaela – the only vaguely interesting fact being that it was the game with most fouls but least cards show. Fascinating.

Golazo de la semana – Jorge Luna (San Martin)
Another good week for lovely strikes see Jorge Luna’s thunderbolt for San Martin scoop the prize.  A good 35 yards out, Luna takes a look up and unleashes a rocket which dips and wobbles before rippling the net. An absolute beauty.  Honourable mentions to Luciano Vietto’s solo goal v Argentinos Juniors, Cristian Tula’s swivel and curled effort, and Juan Manuel Cobo’s long range effort which completely wrong footed Nico Cambiasso.

Figura de la semana – David Trezeguet (River)
A classy contribution from Trezegol to give River a second win of the Torneo Final.  After a bit of an underwhelming season last time around it’s great to see Trezeguet among the goals, especially when they possess technique as sublime as that

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