Velez begin title defence with win

Lucas Pratto’s thunderbolt in the first half was enough to give Velez a win in their opening fixture and set them on their way to trying to capture the Clausura after winning the Apertura last time out.  There was no place in the Velez squad for new signing Fernando Gago but with him incorporated into this side you would have to think that Velez will be in with a shout of doing that and also challenging for the Copa Libertadores.

Like the earlier game between Union and Arsenal this game was also disrupted by a power failure and so first half was delayed for half an hour. When play resumed Velez went out about their usual, busy, passing midfield play but the game came to life with Pratto’s wonder strike. Cutting in from the left Pratto unleashed an unstoppable right footed shot that flew past the keeper into the top corner. A goal which fully deserved to settle any game.

Velez lost top scorer Fercundo Ferreyra at half time through injury and this seemed to disrupt them in the second half. This invited Argentinos to attack Velez but they couldn’t find a way past Sebastian Sosa in the Velez goal and they held onto the one goal lead. This was not vintage Velez by any means but the importance to start with a win cannot be understated so it’s a job well done.

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