With goals, comebacks and upsets abound, it was another bumper weekend of Primera División action.
Tigre come back to shock San Lorenzo
A trip up north for title-chasing San Lorenzo looked set to be a rather routine one as the sides went in 0-0 at half-time last night. 45 minutes and 7 goals later however, said otherwise, as eighteenth-placed Tigre stormed back to win 4-3 in what will go down as one of the games of the season.
A rain-soaked Estadio José Dellagiovanna was the stage for Sunday’s meeting, as second-placed San Lorenzo looked to consolidate the gap that sat between them and leaders Boca. The first-half saw a Tigre side keen to shake off the bad run of form that led to Pedro Troglio’s exit last month, coming close on several occasions.
Missed chances weren’t what had fans talking at the break though, as the stadium was plunged into darkness for forty seconds on the stroke of half-time following a power outage.
The lights, and the game, soon sparked back into life however. Tigre got the goal they deserved seven mintues into the second-half, when Agustín Cardozo struck from just outside the area. But two delightful dinks from San Lorenzo’s Nicolás Blandi and Bautista Merlini soon had the visitors ahead.
Alexis Castro brought the score back to 2-2, before Merlini’s header on 82 minutes put San Lorenzo back in front, with all three points looking to be heading back to the Capital. But Tigre’s new found determination under new coach Facundo Sava made for a frantic last 5 minutes.
First, Carlos Luna levelled from the penalty spot on 89 minutes after a handball in the area. Then, it was the turn of substitute Ramon Mierez to be the hero, meeting a superb ball in (he was offside, to be fair) to cap off an emphatic 4-3 victory.
“I’m seeing good things”, said Sava after the game, with his side moving from 24th position to 18th following the win.
On the other side, San Lorenzo coach lamented the controversial decisions that led to the final two goals: “I feel like we were robbed. We’re very sad, disappointed by the situation.”
The loss means they slip down to fourth position in the table, six points behind leaders Boca.
Lanús triumph in Clásico del Sur
There were goals galore in the match between Lanus and Banfield too on Sunday, with the two sides meeting at Lanús’ La Fortaleza stadium. The home side came into the game having won 7 of the last 8 meetings, and it wasn’t long before they had their tails up in this one.
Jose “Pepe” Sand converted from the spot on 5 minutes, before Gonzalo Bettini pulled one back for Banfield soon after. It took until the second-half for Lanús to score again, with Banfield’s Jorge Rodriguez, having already given away the first, conceding another penalty and receiving a red card. Sand scored again, and that should have been that, but for his handball in the box ten minutes later. Brian Sarmiento equalised from the resulting penalty, but Lanús’ one-man advantage proved too much as the game came to a close.
Marcelo Herrera made it 3-2 on 80′, before Sand confirmed his hat-trick and a place in derby-day history with three minutes to go.
Lanús players also poked fun at Banfield’s Sarmiento in the dressing room after the game, mimicking his “tamo activo” [we are active] catchphrase:
¿Tamo activo Lanus? pic.twitter.com/gnaPRRSHEx
— Fútbol?Moderno (@FutbolModerno_) April 4, 2017
River continue climb up the table
Amidst talk of manager Marcelo Gallardo being linked to the Argentine national team job – with River fans, rather strangely, encouraging the speculation by chanting “Gallardo for the Seleccion” on his arrival in Mendoza – River Plate eased to a 2-1 victory over Godoy Cruz last night to send them up to fifth position and within eight points of Boca.
Striker Lucas Alario found himself back in the starting line-up for the game and made it 1-0 midway through the second-half, before Godoy Cruz’s Marcelo Correa levelled the scores. Rodrigo Mora grabbed the winner in front of 15.000 travelling fans 5 minutes from time, however, to continue River’s upward turn of form.
Elsewhere, Newell’s moved up to second position with a win over Rafaela on Saturday, while Estudiantes beat Arsenal to go into third. Boca, meanwhile, won at home to Defensa y Justicia to extend their lead at the top of the pile. In mid-table matters, Racing defeated Quilmes 3-2, moving them up to sixth.