It was a busy weekend in local football with 12 matches being played in total and a further 2 to be played tonight. The best match, if i had to pick one would probably be Racing’s destruction of Temperley. And the best goal? Easily Dario Benedetto’s against Lanus.
Let’s take a look.
Friday, September 8
Arsenal Sarandi 0-1 Colon
A tough match that saw over 29 fouls, resulted in a Colon victory at the Jose Humberto Grondona. Out of the two sides, Colon was marginally the better, recording 9 shots on target, in comparison to Sarandi’s 2.
Velez Sarsfield 2-0 Atletico Tucuman
A Maximiliano Romero double saw Velez comfortably overcome Atletico Tucuman. The 18 year old has been a joy to watch since breaking into the Velez team last season, and has since racked up a tally of nine goals and two assists in 36 games for the porteño team.
Any chance of a Tucuman come back was dented, when defender Nahuel Zarate was sent off in the 62nd minute.
The win puts Velez at the head of the table with 6 points from 2 games.
Olimpo 1-1 Independiente
Independiente will be frustrated to not have returned to Buenos Aires with three points. Having won their first game of the season at Huracan. The 16-time champions conceded in the 71st minute having taken the lead through Leandro Fernandez in the first half.
Saturday, September 9
Belgrano 1-0 San Martin
Epifanio Garcia scored the only goal of the game to secure Belgrano’s first win of the season.
Estudiantes 0-1 Defensa
Estudiantes were defeated at home by Defensa in a game they should have won. A poor performance by Estudiantes, in a game where they recorded only 45 percent of the possession.
Patronato 2-1 Argentinos Juniors
Ex-River strike Sebastian Ribas secured the three points for the team from Parana. The newly promoted Argentinos marked the Superliga debut with a defeat. Next up for Berti’s (no relation) side is a visit from Belgrano.
Racing 4-1 Temperley
Racing comfortably met expectations in a 4-1 demolition of cross city rivals Temperley. An excellently drilled Racing attack was able to pick apart a chaotic Temperley with ease.
Racing’s first goal coming directly from keeper Juan Musso, whose direct pass reached Triverio at the stroke of half time.
From that moment on the game turned into a rout with Zaracho, Vittor and Ibarguen adding to the tally. Temperley were able to pull one goal back at the 3-0 down through Ramiro Costa, but it was nothing more than a mere consolation.
Sunday, September 10
Chacarita 1-1 Tigre
Chacarita, with over 59 percent possession and eleven shots, were unable to break down a resilient Tigre side. Tigre took the lead in the 66th minute through Carlos Rodriguez, with Chacarita finally equalizing in the 88th minute with a wonderful strike by Carlos Rodriguez.
Gordoy Cruz 2-1 Talleres
Tallers who were able to disect Lanus 5-2 two weeks ago, were unable to get a point against 10 man Godoy Cruz. Juan Fernando Garro put the home side ahead in the 29th minute, before Fabian Hernandez was dismissed after accumulating a second yellow card in the 43 minute.
Joao Rojas, was able to level the scores for the cordobes team in the 83rd minute, but in dramatic fashion the ten men of Godoy Cruz were able to clinch it through a 94th minute winner thanks to Santiago Garcia.
Rosario Central 0-0 San Lorenzo
Rosario dominated what was to be a dull match, with only two shots on target recorded. San Lorenzo were reduced to 10 men following Victor Salazar rash challenge Santiago Romero, with referee Patricio Loustau making no hesitation in sending him off.
River 3-1 Banfield
River were able to defeat Banfield away from home, in an almost waterlogged game in the River Plate stadium. Despite Banfield taking the lead in the second minute through a Renato Civelli goal, the Porteño giants were able to overcome an impressive Banfield through goals from Pinola and Martinez. A 73rd minute penalty from Nacho Scocco, secured the point for River.
Lanus 0-1 Boca Juniors
Lanus dug in and held their own until the 84th minute against Boca Juniors in the south of the capital.
The champions took their time in breaking down a stubborn Lanus team, but when they eventually did, it came through a wonder goal. Dario Benedetto, showed why he had been called up for the national team, with an absolute peach, that was by far the the goal of the weekend.
Monday, September 11
Union De Santa Fe 1-0 Gimnasia de La Plata
Union de Santa Fe managed to snatch a victory at home with just one goal on target. Really was not the most interesting of football matches.
Huracan 1-0 Newell’s Old Boys,
Newell’s went back to Rosario empty handed after an evenly matched game in Buenos Aires. An Ignacio Pussetto goal in stoppage time was enough to carry the local team across the line.