Saturday: Colon and Estudiantes serve up another goal fest and Independiente lose to Arsenal


Lisandro Lopez celebrates his match winning goal against Independiente

Saturday saw only two matches ahead of a busy Sunday schedule as Colon and Estudiantes strived to earn their first wins of the campaign and Independiente hoped to continue their good start with victory over Arsenal. Out of the four teams involved only Arsenal will really take much from joy from the results. Their 1 – 0 win over Independiente offered the perfect reprieve after the thrashing they received midweek at the hands of Atletico Miniero in the Copa Libertadores. Colon will be the happier after their 3 – 3 draw with Estudiantes having been outplayed and behind for nearly the entire game but in truth the draw does neither team much good and the wait for the first 3 points of the season continues. GOALS AND REPORTS HERE…..


Estudiantes will be ruing the missed opportunity to earn their first win after dominating for much of the game in Santa Fe but failing to come away with the victory despite twice holding a two goal advantage.  Maxi Nuñez gave Estudientes the lead after only 4 minutes, latching on to a ball over the top and flicking the ball expertly beyond Andres Bailo. Not before too long it was two when a nice cushioned layoff by Duvan Zapata was smashed in by Roman Martinez. Colon grabbed a goal back after 24 minutes when striker Emanuel Gigliotti headed in from a corner but this did not provide the springboard that manager Roberto Sensini would have hoped for. Estudiantes continued to threaten and eventually the scored their third, Duvan Zapata smashing home a penalty after himself being bundled over. The game looked over and the local fans were letting their disappoval known but in the 84th minute Facundo Curuchet’s bobbled shot eluded Estudiantes’ keeper, Agustin Silva and then in stoppage time Hernan Bernardello’s free kick levelled the scores.


Arsenal bounced back from their midweek disappointment in the Copa Libertadores with victory over an in-form Independiente. Independiente never really got going and last week’s star performer, Fabian Vargas was unable to have such an influence in the midfield. The only goal of the game came just before half time when centre half Lisandro Lopez outjumped Cristian Tula from a corner to send a powerful header into the corner of the net.   Independiente rarely looked like getting back into the game as centre forward, Ernesto Farias’s woeful form in front of goal continues (1 goal in the last 1008 minutes). As usual Independiente manager Americo Gallego threw on forward, Juan Caicedo but it never looked like making a difference even before the red card to Gonzalo Contrera. Independiente need to improve if they are to disprove the Arsenal supporters taunts of relegation.

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