Revista del Argieball: Week 5
LANUS FINALLY BREACHED BUT REMAIN TOP
Lanus remain top of the table after beating a weakened Arsenal side 2-1 on Sunday. Ismael Blanco put the hosts in front with a neat finish from Silvio Romero’s cross before Romero himself capitalised on a defensive mistake to give el Granate a two goal lead at half time. Romero had the chance to double his tally from the spot but was denied by an in-form Cristian Campestrini. Arsenal did pull one back late on through Milton Celiz with his first senior goal. It was also the first goal Lanus have conceded all season and ended a run of 541 minutes since Agustin Marchesin’s goal was last breached at the tail end of the Torneo Inicial. Barros Schelotto’s men saw out the victory and remain top of the table and unbeaten after 5 games. What initially looked a tough start to the season has been aided by the fact that their rivals have been more focused on the Libertadores and they will fancy their chances at a shot at the title.
Pushing Lanus all the way are a rejuvenated River side who notched their 4th win of the season with a 2-1 triumph over Colon. David Trezeguet reacted quickest to Diego Pozo’s mistake to stab in the first and Leonardo Ponzio punished more sloppy Colon defending to double River’s lead. Emanuel Gigliotti reduced the deficit but River just about hung on for the win to continue their impressive start to the season.
Two of the surprise packages so far this season also maintained their good early form as both Godoy Cruz and Quilmes registered away wins this weekend. Godoy Cruz, the only other unbeaten side in the league, move up to third after a hard fought win against Independiente thanks to a fine strike from the edge of the area by Alexis Castro.
In a game full of golazos, Quilmes defeated hapless Argentinos 3-1 thanks to a trio of spectacular strikes. Sebastian Romero punished a poor goalkeeping clearance with a wonderful Beckham-esque lob from 45 yards to give los Cerveceros the lead. Centre back Wilfredo Olivera decided to get in on the act too when he hit a speculative effort on the half volley from a similar distance that dipped into the net. Matias Martinez pulled one back with a decent diving header from a corner but Jacobo Mansilla restored the two goal cushion with a perfectly placed free kick from 25 yards. The victory sees Quilmes climb to fourth while Argentinos are rock bottom with just one point, with relegation firefighter Ricardo Caruso Lombardi rumoured to be close to taking their vacant managerial position in a bid to steer them away from danger.
Crowd violence marred the game between San Martin and Racing after a section of the home support threw rocks from the stands. The game was suspended just before the end with Racing 3-0 up following goals from youngsters Bruno Zuculini, Luciano Vietto and Javier de Paul. A fine performance by Racing that quashed any pre-game fears that they would allow San Martin to win in order to damage Independiente’s chances of survival.
Newell’s emerged victorious from the most entertaining match of the weekend, twice coming from behind to beat Estudiantes 4-2. With an eye on the midweek Libertadores clash, Newell’s rang in the changes and went behind to a Duvan Zapata penalty. Peruvian Rinaldo Cruzado levelled just before half time with a low swerving effort from the edge of the area. Zapata put el Pincha back ahead but Fabian Muñoz equalised with another decent strike. Substitute Victor Figueroa made an instant impact with yet another delicious finish for Newell’s before Ignacio Scocco wrapped up the points from the penalty spot late on.
Boca’s spluttering start to the season continued as Nico Blandi’s late strike salvaged a draw against Rafaela. The first half was a tale of two penalties as Juan Eluchans put La Crema ahead before Santiago Silva fluffed his lines, crashing his effort against the crossbar. As Boca headed for yet another defeat, Blandi popped up to head in Sebastian ‘Tucu’ Palacios’ cross and spare Bianchi’s blushes.
Elsewhere, Belgrano secured a 1-0 victory over a second string Velez while Ruben Botta’s penalty proved to be the difference as Tigre edged San Lorenzo. In the remaining game of the round Union and All Boys played out a fairly uneventful 1-1 draw.
Figura de la semana goes to Lanus manager Guillermo Barros Schelotto for his side’s fantastic start to the season. Top of the table, attractive football and just one goal conceded as they continue to show the fine form from the end of last season. Early candidates for the title.
Boludo de la semana goes to the section of San Martin fans who got the game suspended. The latest in a long list of crowd disturbances in Argentinian football, their utterly moronic behaviour only harms their relegation-threatened team and has also led to debates about banning away fans attending games (even though this seems to be an AFA measure that just sidesteps the real issue of internal Barra Brava wars)
Golazo de la semana could have been won by any of three Quilmes players this week. I honestly can’t separate Romero’s long range chip and Olivera’s dipping half volley. Mansilla’s lovely freekick has to settle for third along with Javier de Paul’s bullet versus San Martin
Belgrano 1-0 Velez
Independiente 0-1 Godoy Cruz
Union 1-1 All Boys
Estudiantes 2-4 Newell’s
San Martin 0-3 Racing (SUSP)
San Lorenzo 0-1 Tigre
River 2-1 Colon
Rafaela 1-1 Boca
Lanus 2-1 Arsenal
Argentinos 1-3 Quilmes