What a week it has been for Argentine football fans: national teams had exceptional performances at a continental level and the league is well underway. Boca got it’s fourth victory in a row – it has won all twelve points at stake in the tournament so far – with a convincing victory over Velez away from home. Their fiercest rival and main contender for this year’s Superliga, River, dropped points at home following an impressive performance from newly promoted side Argentinos. It truly has been an exceptional week for football, exceptional that is, unless you support Racing…
Let’s start with what matters, the goal of the week, scored by Lanus’s Alejandro Silva against Newell’s.
Belgrano 0-0 Tigre
If any one cancelled a post work drink on Friday to watch this shocker of a game, my heart really goes out to you. The only mildly interesting happened when Tigre had a goal disallowed for a clear offside in the first 3 minutes. Apart from that, nothing. Out of the two sides Belgrano was the better, though both sides struggled to even scrape a decent shot on target. The game was not, however, short of fouls with a total of 28, including a 90th minute red-card for Tigre’s Ezequiel Rodriguez for a sickening two foot challenge against Federico Letora.
Patronato 2-1 Tucuman
In a stadium that was basically empty, it was the team from Entre Rios – Patronato, just in case – that came out on top. Adrian Balboa gave the home team the lead nine minutes into the game, with veteran Uruguayan, Sebastian Ribas, adding a second in the 54th. Atletico Tucuman were able to claw one back but it was nothing but a consolation. The win means that Patronato has now secured a total of 9 points out of a possible 12. A remarkable start for this rather small team, as only Boca and River have performed better.
Arsenal 0-1 Temperley
A goal by Ramiro Costa was enough to secure Temperley’s first win of the season. In fairness to Arsenal, it was a tight game, scrappy, but hardly a game in which Temperley dominated from start to finish. Arsenal, remain at the foot of the table and unlike Temperley, they yet have to secure a win.
Huracan 0-0 Union
Unión, from Santa Fe, travelled to Buenos Aires to take on “El Globo” (Huracán is nicknamed the Balloon, for some reason) at the Tomas Adolfo Ducó stadium. Both sides missed the chance to climb some spots on the table as they were unable to break the deadlock. In a game that saw little action, it was the home side that came closest to securing three points when Ramon Wanchope Abila headed wide from pinpoint range having found himself unmarked in the box.
Chacarita 0-1 Talleres
Chacarita were defeated at home following what was basically 90 minutes of anarchy in Villa Maipu. A Lucas Olaza scored the game’s only goal at the 56th minute with a. beautiful free kick execution, Unfortunately, that display of skill was overshadowed by three red cards. The first expulsion came in the 66th minute when Talleres’ midfielder Fernando Godoy was sent off after getting a second yellow. The ‘violence’ didn’t end there, as Chacarita’s Gagliardi was sent off for stamping on a rival player. Chacarita substitute Ibañez was dismissed in the 89th minute for a reckless challenge against Gabriel Ramirez. Someone give these guys a chill pill.
Velez 0-4 Boca
Boca Juniors retained their 100% start to the season following an impressive victory over Velez Sarsfield. Boca got off to a flying start with a goal from Dario Benedetto (who else). The 28 year old then nabbed his 5th goal of the season after back-healing a cross from Cardona. The massacre didn’t stop there as Nicolas Dominguez made it three by scoring an own goal. Colombian Frank Fabra set the final 4-0 with ten minutes to go.
Godoy Cruz 1-0 Indipendiente
The Mendozan side has gathered a reputation of being giant killers, and truly lived up to form by beating Independiente 1-0 at home. Even though the home team pounded its counterpart from Mendozal with 20 shots throughout the game, they were unable to find a way through. Godoy Cruz, on the hand, were able to score the only goal of the game after Santiago converted a penalty in the 60th minute.
Colon 3-1 Defensa
German Conti put the side from Santa Fe ahead in the 9th minute following sloppy defense at a corner, and Bernadi was able to double their lead in the 64th minute following some sublime counterattacking football by Colon. Defensa was able to pull a goal back through Castellani in the 81st minute, but any hope of a late comeback was extinguished when Guanca scored 4 minutes into stoppage time.
Olimpo 0-1 Gimnasia
A goal from Aleman in the 26th minute was enough for the team from La Plata, as they saw off their rivals from Bahia Blanca. The victory is the first of the season for Gimnasia, in a game in which chances were few and far between.
Rosario 0-4 Banfield
Banfield kicked the shit out of Rosario to secure their fist victory in 63 years at the Estadio Gigante de Arroyito. And what a victory it was. 33 year old Dario Cvitanich led “el Taladro” (the drill) to victory, scoring a peach in the 21st minute and converting penalty 12 minutes later. Pablo Mouche and Mauricio Sperduti added two more in the second half.
River 1-1 Argentinos
Argentinos will be more than thrilled with Sunday’s result at the Monumental. River took the lead after Juan Camilo Saiz handled the ball in the area, with Gonzalo Martinez hammering home the subsequent penalty. Enzo Perez came close for the home-side when the ball ricocheted against the post in the 29th minute. But as Argentines say, the goals that are not scored in one goal are then scored in the other. 7 minutes later, Nicolas Gonzalez leveled for the team from La Paternal. Despite their best efforts, Argentinos clung on to the point, whilst River dropped points for the first time this season.
Racing 0-0 San Martin
Racing fans will be immensely frustrated by the failure of the home-side to dissect San Martin’s defense. Racing clearly lack depth in their attack. They won just once this season despite playing against teams they should have beat. The home team improved in the second half, but not enough to take the three points, in what turned out to be a painstakingly boring performance.
Lanus 1-0 Newell’s
Lanus was able to defeat Newell’s, once again proving that the Estadio Ciudad de Lanus really has become a fortress – as its nickname, La Fortaleza, makes it clear – their only home league defeat so far has been against Boca Juniors, and even that was a long drawn out process. It is fair to say that Lanus dominated the match from start to finish, and Alejandro Silva’s goal in the 61st minute was well deserved. It wasn’t the most enthralling of games, but the last minute drama that occurred when Diego Bragheri was sent off made it a bit more interesting.
Estudiantes 1-3 San Lorenzo
San Lorenzo left it late to secure a victory in the provincial capital, having originally taken the lead through a tap in from Belluschi in the 12th minute. Pavone tied the game for Estudiantes in the 50th, minute follwing some shocking marking by San Lorenzo. However, it was the Cuervos who ended up taking all the points in the end with goals from Blandi and Belluschi in the 80th and 89th minute.