Newell’s Old Boys secured an impressive victory in La Plata against Estudiantes despite twice being behind. Ahead of their Copa Libertadores game in the week, Newell’s put in one of their best performances to run out 4 – 2 winners. Racing also delivered a much improved performance against San Martin. A comfortable 3 – 0 scoreline, a great strike from Rodrigo De Paul and unfortunately the almost weekly bout of football violence were the talking points from this one. In Saturday’s other game, Union drew 1 – 1 with All Boys in Santa Fe. REPORTS AND GOALS HERE….
UNION 1 – 1 ALL BOYS
Following last week’s historic win in La Bombonera and finally breaking their long winless streak Union were unable to put together back to back wins and were held at home by All Boys. Ivan Borghello gave All Boys an early lead when his shot from outside the box seemed to catch Martin Perafan, the Union goalkeeper, by surprise. All Boys eventually got a deserved equiliser albeit in slightly fortuitous circumstances. A free kick whipped in bounced around like a pinball in the 6 yard box and despite looking like it had already crossed the line moments earlier the ball was eventually put in the net by Guillermo Cosaro. Minutes later, All Boys were reduced to 10 men after Maxi Coronel was shown a red card for an off the ball slap but they held on for the draw. The point does little to help Union as they still sit bottom of the relegation table.
ESTUDIANTES 2 – 4 NEWELL’S OLD BOYS
Saturday’s game of the day was undoubtedly in La Plata where Newell’s Old Boys had to dig deep to twice come from behind to win and leave Estudiantes still without a win in this campaign. Estudiantes started the game well and should have been ahead after just 2 minutes when they had a goal wrongly disallowed for offside. The dangerous Duvan Zapata was causing Newell’s problems and it was he who won the penalty after 30 minutes. The slightest of tugs at his shorts prompted the linesman to flag for a foul and the referee duly awarded the penalty. One of the softer penalty decisions which surprised everyone on the pitch, including Zapata and enraging the Newell’s staff. Zapata himself converted from the spot to give Estudiantes a deserved yet controversial lead.
With half time approaching Newell’s equilised through Paulo Cruzado’s long range effort. This prompted wild celebrations from one of Newell’s coaching team as he ran on to the pitch to celebrate in the face of the referee.
With the second half just minutes old Duvan Zapata restored the lead with a towering header but this was the prompt for Newell’s to show their class. Goals from Fabian Muñoz and Victor Figueroa quickly turned the game around before Ignacio Scocco got himself on the scoresheet with a penalty.
SAN MARTIN 0 – 3 RACING
Racing finally produced a good performance this season and in doing so kept the whole of Avellaneda happy. Their victory over San Martin helping rivals Independiente in the relegation battle. Bruno Zuculini gave Racing the lead after 25 minutes but it wasn’t until the 57th minute that Racing extended the lead, young striker, Luciano Vietto tapping home from close range. At this stage the trouble started as San Martin fans began climbing the fences prompting a short stoppage while the referee and players pleaded with them to calm. The game eventually restarted and with 10 minutes to go Rodrigo De Paul claimed the goal of the day with a stinging shot from 25 yards. The game was not actually able to finish as San Martin hooligans began throwing rocks on to the pitch so the referee suspended the game with a few minutes to play.