Revista del Argieball: week 4


Riquelme v Union

The big story of the week was Juan Roman Riquelme’s return to the field in what was supposed to be a routine win for Boca at home against Union – a side who hadn’t won in 26 games previously! However, Facundo Sava’s men had other ideas and recorded an impressive 3-1 victory to heap pressure on Bianchi and his team’s sluggish start to the campaign

The deadlock was broken midway through the first half when Damian Lizio played a delightful one-two with Andre Franzoia and deftly stabbed the ball over the onrushing Agustin Orion into the net.  And the Tatengue doubled their advantage when Bruno Bianchi (no relation to Carlos) turned Matias Carruzo far too easily and prodded into the net.  The game was put to bed when Pablo Magnin tapped in the third after Franzoia’s initial effort had come back off the upright.  Santiago Silva scored a consolation goal with a bullet header but nevertheless Boca were consigned to a second consecutive league loss.  Riquelme’s performance was the only positive for a shambolic Boca who have struggled both domestically and continentally so far this season.

This weekend also saw San Lorenzo win the clasico 2-0 against River.  Denis Stracq Attack Stracqualursi finished off a scrappy move to give El Ciclon the lead after one minute before new signing Mauro Cetto headed in from Alan Ruiz’s precise delivery.  River never recovered from the early strikes and they fell to their first loss of the season but remain 2nd in the table.  Meanwhile San Lorenzo remain unbeaten but will be delighted to have picked up a first win.

In perhaps the tastiest fixture on paper, Lanus and Racing couldn’t be separated and played out a 0-0 draw that sees Lanus move one point clear at the top of the table.  Ismael Blanco had the best chance to win the game but was thwarted by Sebastian Saja.  Racing will take heart from a clean sheet against an impressive Lanus side, especially after the clasico loss to Independiente last week.

Rafaela Quilmes

Elsewhere, there were six goal thrillers between Quilmes and Rafaela and in Santa Fe for Colon versus Estudiantes.  In the first game of the round goals from Juan Eluchans and German Rodriguez Rojas gave Rafaela a two goal lead but Cristian Menendez quickly reduced the deficit with a looping header.  Eduardo Dominguez restored Rafaela’s two goal advantage but Quilmes fought back with a strike from Martin Cauteruccio and an own goal from Fabricio Fontanini to share the spoils in an entertaining draw.  Colon also secured a dramatic point thanks to an injury time equaliser from Hernan Bernardello.  Maxi Nunez and Roman Martinez had both netted in the first 12 minutes with decent efforts but Emanuel Gigliotti halved their lead soon after.  A Duvan Zapata penalty looked as if Estudiantes would grab the victory but late strikes from Facundo Curuchet and Bernardello saw honours even

Martin Palermo’s start to life as manager of Godoy Cruz continues to go well as his side ensured they remain unbeaten after four games and sit third after a 0-0 draw with Argentinos.  Both Arsenal and Tigre bounced back from midweek Libertadores defeats with home wins against Independiente and All Boys respectively.

Finally, Newell’s managed a 2-0 win over Belgrano ahead of their big match against Universidad de Chile.  Ignacio Scocco and a late Maxi Urruti goal gave them a much needed win against a Belgrano side that have yet to show their good form from last term.  Velez ran out comfortable winners against San Martin thanks to goals from Fabian Cubero, Federico Insua and Ezequiel Rescaldani.  Despite going well in the Libertadores, the win will be a relief after losing the last two league games against Lanus and Independiente

Figura de la semana quite simply goes to Facundo Sava and his entire Union team for ending their horrendous winless streak in style and upstaging Juan Roman Riquelme at the same time.  Honourable mention to Matias Perez Garcia whose brace gave Tigre victory.

Boludo(s) de la semana is awarded to the Rosario police for their heavy handed treatment after the game against Belgrano, even leaving defender Gaston Turus with a cut under his left eye

Golazo de la semana is won by Ezequiel Rescaldani of Velez after he wriggled free to fire in from the edge of the box to cap a lovely, flowing 22 pass-move by El Fortin.  A great way to cap a fantastic team goal.  Honourable mentions to Damian Lizio’s (Union) cheeky dink, German Rodriguez Rojas’ (Rafaela) sweeping half volley and Maxi Nunez’s (Estudiantes) lovely improvised finish.
Video Highlights:

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