Football is back and its taste for twists, turns, surprises and upsets hasn’t let up in its absence. Here’s some of what happened over the weekend.
Boca defeated at home
The biggest talking point from the weekend’s fixtures came at La Bombonera, where first-placed Boca Juniors suffered a shock defeat to Talleres de Córdoba, in what was Boca’s first home defeat since February last year and the Talleres’ first game of 2017. A first-half goal from Oscar Benítez felt like we were set for another routine Boca victory, but Talleres came back with a brave attacking performance – something we don’t often see from sides on Boca’s home turf. Goals from Victorio Ramis and Emanuel Reynoso saw the game end 2-1 to the visitors.
Granted, Boca should have been awarded a penalty with the match poised at 1-1, after a handball from Juan Cruz Komar went unnoticed, but Talleres did more than enough to deserve the three points. Plus, little has been said about Gago’s shocking stamp on Fernando Godoy, which should lead to retrospective action.
38 year-old and ex-Argentina international Pablo Guiñazú bossed the game in the centre of the park for Talleres and received plaudits across the board afterwards. Head coach Frank Kudelka called him his “coach on the pitch”, and he received worthy applause upon his exit from the stadium.
Finally, Talleres capped off their stellar performance with a full clean-up job of their changing room after the game – their “tradition” on the road, according to their official twitter handle.
La tradición de nuestro equipo de trabajo de utilería de dejar los vestuarios que visitamos en excelentes condiciones. pic.twitter.com/sWgFA5RzNu
— Talleres (@CATalleresdecba) March 20, 2017
Belgrano shock Racing
It was a surprisingly good weekend for teams from Cordóba, as second from bottom Belgrano produced another shock in defeating Racing 2-0 on Sunday. Having just come off the back of an impressive 3-0 win over Lanús last weekend, the team from Avellanada came into the fixture expecting a straightforward 90 minutes. It wasn’t to be however, and goals from Velásquez and Márquez gave Belgrano a well-needed result that, while leaving them still in 29th position, may give them the boost their season needs.
— ContraGolpe (@Contragolpe610) March 20, 2017
Racing coach Diego Cocca lamented his side’s missed chances after the game, while the victory will have boosted Belgrano coach Leonardo Madelón’s hopes of staying in a job, for now.
Colón victorious over Unión in Clásico
Having not won a game over their classic rivals since 2012, Colón managed to grab a 2-0 victory away at Unión. It’s the first time they’ve taken three points from Unión’s Estadio 15 de Abril in nineteen years, in what is the city of Santa Fe’s most hotly disputed fixture. A rather non-existent first-half was turned on its head in the second, with four red cards (two for Unión and two for Colón) and goals from Ortíz and Garnier silencing the home support.
— Club Atlético Colón (@ColonOficial) March 20, 2017
The victory means Colón move above Unión into 9th position, as if the victory itself wasn’t enough.
Tigre Coach Pedro Troglio Resigns
While there were several penalty appeals for handball denied over the weekend, that which occurred in the build-up to Gimnasia de La Plata’s last-minute winner against Tigre had somewhat bigger consequences.
La mano de Lucas Licht que Herrera considero casual. pic.twitter.com/HvOvLC5P2x
— Informe Matador (@InformeMatador) March 18, 2017
After hitting Gimnasia defender Lucas Licht’s hand in the box, the ball was taken up the pitch and struck from 25 yards out, before nestling in the back of Tigre’s net. The 1-0 defeat was the team from Victoria, Buenos Aires Province’s eighth match without a win in the league and enough to confirm coach Pedro Troglio’s exit after less than a year in charge. “I’m going in the best way possible – with the door open to return”, said Troglio, who also managed Gimnasia in the past. He leaves Tigre 22nd in the league table.
— Triperomaníacos (@Triperomaniacos) March 19, 2017
Elsewhere, San Lorenzo continued their poor run of form with a 2-0 defeat away to Mendoza’s Godoy Cruz. Newell’s 3-0 victory over Veléz meant they leapfrogged San Lorenzo into second position, while Estudiantes redeemed themselves with a 1-0 win against Patronato.