Well, well, well… What a week this was for Argentine football.
Whilst we are all out hitting the many previas and boliches that this capital has to offer (I never want to leave!), all 28 Argentine teams were in action over the weekend. Let’s take a look at what happened.
Friday, September 15
Tigre 1-3 Patronato
Poor Tigre, nothing seems to be going right for them as of late. The newly promoted side went 1-0 down to a Rivero goal in the 16th minute before pulling level at the stroke of half time. Patronato proved to be too strong and Tigre buckled under pressure. Balboa put the visitors back in front in the 60th minute before Rivero, who had a storming game, completed the rout in the 4th minute of stoppage time.
Colon 0-0 Estudiantes
Neither side were able to break the deadlock in Santa Fe on Friday night. Colon, as the home side, were the better of the two. In what was a game of wasted opportunity that produced great chances, only for them to squandered.
Argentinos Juniors 1-2 Belgrano
Argentinos were beaten at home at the Diego Maradona Stadium, after having taken the lead through an 18th minute Nicolas Gonzalez goal. Ultimately Belgrano came out on top following goals from Garcia and Lema. Argentinos are still searching for their first point of the year.
Defensa y Justicia 1-3 Union Santa Fe
Santa Fe proved too strong for the Defensa in Varela as they beat Defensa y Justicia 3-1 away from home. Defensa had a staggering 66 percent possession and 17 shots on targets, but never recovered from a diabolical first thirty minutes in which they conceded two goals.
Newell’s Old Boys 2-0 Olimpo
Newell’s left it late to secure a 2-0 victory over Olimpo in Rosario. A goal from Luis Leal gave Newell’s a deserved lead in the 69th minute with the Santomean striker’s celebration landing him a yellow card for unsporting behavior. Joaquin Torres added the second 6 minutes later to secure Newell’s first victory over the season.
San Lorenzo 1-0 Arsenal de Sarandi
San Lorenzo secured 3 points last Saturday thanks to a late headed goal from Marcos Senesi in the 75th minute. However, the first half was a different story. Arsenal came close twice in the first half and in the opening stages was by far the better team. In the end it was not to be for Arsenal, and a young San Lorenzo team was able to snatch the win. Leaving Arsenal still searching for their first point of the campaign.
Independiente 0-1 Lanus
Wow, I would not want to be an Independiente fan right now. Having dominated what was a dull derby, they were denied a point by German Denis. The ex-Napoli striker scored a 96th minute penalty to the delight of the team from Southern Buenos Aires. Below you can see the highlights of the match and decide for yourselves whether it was a penalty or not.
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Talleres 0-0 Velez
It was a heated game, to say the least, in Cordoba. Both sides picked up a red card before the match was over, and a total of 5 cards were dished out. For those Bubble readers who are masochists I’d highly recommend finding the full 90 minutes online, as it was without question the shittiest 90 minutes of football on show this weekend.
Tucuman 1-1 Chacarita
What a game, from start to finsih it was a joy to watch. One minute Tucuman was pushing for a goal and the next a Chacarita counter attack, in a game that was anyone’s right up until the last minute. Javier Mendoza got the away side of to a flying start with a goal in the 23rd minute. Only to have Luis Rodriguez cancel it out in the 60th minute.
Banfield 1-0 Racing
It pains me to write this as a Racing fan but Banfield were the better side. Racing had the lion’s share of possession but failed to make it count. Cvitanich’s 18th minute goal was enough to celebrate the two sides at the Fernando Sola stadium.
Boca 4-1 Gordoy Cruz
What a game this was, breathtaking at times to say the least. With the Bombonera in full swing, it was the visitors who took a surprise lead though Leonel Galeano in the 12th minute. The goal however, was enough for Boca to get into gear and the massacre shortly followed. Pablo Perez pulled the sides level in the 20th minute, before coolly slotting home a second in the 39th. Pavon, who has been linked to European clubs of late, showed his quality throughout the game and nabbed a goal in the 68th by breaking the offside trap and finishing from just outside the penalty area. Agustin Rossi was called on to make a few more saves before Nahitan Nandez scored Boca’s 4th of the evening.
San Martin 1-3 River
Boca wasn’t the only Argentina giant to a record a resounding win this weekend. Their cross city rivals River, were able to defeat San martin with ease. A Santos Borre goal opened the scoring for River in the 4th minute before Auzqui got his name on the score-sheet in the 25th. Auzqui scored a second, but this time in the wrong net, scoring an own goal with 6 minutes before the break. The second half as noticeably different as San Martin grew in confidence after the break. Alan Marcel was the only one player to score in the second half slotting home 3 minutes into stoppage time. Both River and Boca have maintained a 100 percent start to the season.
Monday, September 18, 2017
Gimnasia La Plata 1-3 Huracan
Huracan was able to defeat Gimnasio in El Bosque, thanks to two goals from Ignacio Pusetto. Pusetto, who had a great game, was able to add to teammate Abila’s goal in the 58th minute, only for Colazo to score for Gimnasia 5 minutes later following some slopping defending at a set piece. Pussetto was on hand to see the game out for Buenos Aires side as he scored in the 93rd minute to seal the victory.
Temperley 1-1 Rosario
Finally some good news for Temperley fans. After a tough start to the season they finally grabbed their first point. It was almost not to be for the Porteno side as Rosario took an early lead through Zampredi in the 22nd minute. Mathias Villasanti pulled Tempereley level in 56th minute to secure a draw.