Union’s long wait for a win goes on

Union came within minutes of claiming their first victory in 23 games but a stoppage time strike denied them of the much needed win.  The first game under new coach Facundo Sava brought a new optimism for Union after a dismal Apertura in 2012. Things couldn’t really get any worse but in fact Union started brightly and things looked to have improved dramatically. Union were controlling the game and Uruguayan midfielder Brahian Aleman looked bright. It didn’t take too long for them to take the lead when a deep cross from the left was flicked home by the Uruguayan.

The second half was only a minute old when a power cut caused the game to be suspended for 20 minutes. Thankfully the lights came back on and the game was able to continue. Just before the hour mark Arsenal had Pablo Luguercio sent off for an off the ball swipe at Union defender Maxi Lugo. Replays suggest that there wasn’t a great deal of contact but Lugo went to the ground as if receiving a left hook from Maravilla Martinez. With Arsenal down to 10 men it looked as though Union would finally earn 3 points. However, deep into injury time Dario Benedetto struck. An acrobatic volley from Jorge Ortiz could only be parried by Union goalkeeper Martin Perafan and Benedetto was on hand to tap home the rebound.

Union will be disappointed to see their lead cut with moments remaining but there were certainly signs of improvement and hopefully they wont need to wait a further 9 months before celebrating a win.

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