Sunday’s other action: River leave it late, Godoy Cruz and Belgrano win


Carlos Luna heads River level in the 86th minute to set up a rousing finish

After the earlier excitement of the clasico de Avellaneda, Sunday saw three other games that also had their fair share of thrills as late goals flowed.  In the other earlier kickoff Godoy Cruz continued their good start to the season under new manager, Martin Palermo with a 2-1 win away to Atletico Rafaela. Belgrano stole all 3 points with a last gasp winner at home to Colon and then in the final game between River and Tigre four goals were scored after the 85th minute. River trailing 1 – 0 before ending up 3 – 2 winners. ALL THE GOALS HERE….


Godoy Cruz maintained their unbeaten start to 2013 with another win and continue to impress under Martin Palermo. The goals in this game were perhaps slightly fortuitous but that is to take nothing away from Godoy’s fine start. They took the lead in the 17th minute when Leandro Grimi’s free kick swung in unchallenged and Rafaela keeper, Esteban Conde failed to deal with it, allowing it to curl directly in at the far post. Minutes later, it was 2 when a penalty was awarded for hand ball and Mauro Obolo made no mistake. Rafaela did manage a consolation in injury time when a mixup between Grimi and goalkeeper Nelson Ibañez allowed Diego Vera to profit. With Bianchi’s poor start on return to Boca and Martin Palermo impressing, could we see another Boca legend return to La Bombonera? (Probably a bit soon….)


Belgrano took the lead in this game just before half time with an accomplished finish by Cesar ‘Picante’ Pereyra. In the second half, Colon managed to get back into the game when Emanuel Gigliotti was first to react to a defected shot and he beat the goalkeeper to the ball to tap in the equaliser. Belgrano searched for a winner and with a minute to go Martin Zapata broke forward and unleashed a fierce shot from the edge of the box.


The late game saw a glut of late goals as River overturned a one goal deficit to maintain their 100% start to the season and stay level with Lanus at the top. After a first half that didn’t see too many chances it was Tigre that took the lead after the 55th minute.  A free kick from the left was met beautifully by Alejandro Donatti as he volleyed Tigre infront. River looked to be heading for defeat until the 86th minute when substitute, Carlos Luna headed them level. A minute later, River went ahead when Luna was on hand again this time with the simple task of tapping the ball over the line as the initial shot was trickling towards the goal. The best goal of the night came in the 93rd minute when new signing Juan Manuel Iturbe wrapped up the result with a fantastic run and finish. There was still time for Tigre to pull one back from the penalty spot but it was too late. A breathless last 5 minutes was brought to an end after the spot kick and River could breathe a huge sigh of relief.

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