Independiente are in desperate need of wins having already lost 3 games going into last night’s clash with All Boys in Floresta. With only two wins they have not seen their average improve and now languish in the relegation places, praying that those around them do not pick up wins. The 2 – 0 defeat last night was the fourth of the campaign and another game in which Independiente failed to score. Their misfiring front line contributing to the fact that Independiente are the second lowest scorers in the league, with only 5 goals from their opening 8 matches. Manager, Americo Gallego maintains that they can escape from this situation but with time running out things are beginning to look bleak. FOR REPORT AND GOALS READ ON…..
It was hoped that the return of Daniel Montenegro after his injury lay-off would bring the much needed inspiration in attack and give Independiente the cutting edge that has been so severly lacking in recent times. Despite being at the centre of most of their attacks he has been unable to turn things around and last night the writing was on the wall very early.
After just 8 minutes, Independiente found themselves a goal down. A free kick right on the edge of the box was curled into the top corner by Brian Sarmiento. Diego Rodriguez, in the Independiente goal, appeared to have everything covered but Sarmiento drove the ball to the corner that the keeper was covering and the pace and accuracy of the strike was too much for him. Falling behind so early, a hammer blow to a side struggling for goals.
Despite pushing for an equaliser it never came and with a minute remaining as nearly every player piled forward they were hit by a sucker punch. Nicolas Cambiasso, All Boy’s goalkeeper quickly punted the ball down field and Angel Vildozo ran onto it before finishing expertly and make certain of the victory. There was still time for Claudio Morel Rodriguez to be sent off, just to make Independiente’s night worse but by that time the damage was done.
The fans voiced their frustration at the end as their side now sits in the bottom three, waiting to see how their rivals do this weekend. For All Boys, it was a useful 3 points. They are safe from relegation but some way off the leaders. They are not title contenders but a win for a Buenos Aires based side over one of the ‘Big Five’ is always something to be celebrated.