Angry scenes erupted last night in Avellaneda as the red half of the neighbourhood watched their great side fail to secure three points yet again and as a result edge even further towards the dreaded drop. The only side, with Boca Juniors, to never have been relegated are now facing up to that reality, knowing that it will take a remarkable run of results in the remaining 10 games to escape. Last night’s 1 – 1 draw with Union was symptomatic of Independiente‘s problems – wasteful finishing and sloppy defending. Following their sides limp performance and a turbulant week of threats the barras turned and clashed with police as they attempted to enter the dressing room area. Friday’s other game, also involved relegation candidates, Argentinos Juniors and Atletico Rafaela and ended in a dull 0 – 0. FOR THE REPORTS AND THE ACTION READ MORE….
INDEPENDIENTE 1 – 1 UNION
A point is no good for either side but before last night there was already an acceptance from Union, who with no disrespect, are not one of the big sides in Argentine football, that they would be playing in the B next season and now for Independiente that is becoming a reality. In the same way that River had to face this humiliation in 2011, it is now likely that Independiente will be relegated for the first time in their illustrious history. At the full time whistle, there were tears in the stands and then anger as hooligans fought with the heavy police presence.
For the neutral, the game was good with both sides having plenty of chances and if it had not been for some poor finishing the scoreline could have been far greater. Both sides had wasted plenty of opportunities before Independiente broke the deadlock in the 40th minute. The industrious Daniel Montenegro did well down the right and his cross was bundled in by Adrian Fernandez, despite Union’s protests that he had controlled it with his arm.
Unable to extend their lead, Independiente were eventually made to pay. With 10 minutes remaining, the defence and goalkeeper conspired to allow Brahain Aleman the easiest of headed equalisers. Independiente pushed for a winner but could not find a way through.
With Union and San Martin almost certainly gone only one relegation place remains and Independiente would need an incredible run of results to avoid that fate. They are now 6 without a win and with 30 points left to play for, they will be looking for almost maximum points to stay up.
ARGENTINOS JRS 0 – 0 ATLETICO RAFAELA
Two other relegation rivals also played in Buenos Aires last night and the result was a pretty awful goalless draw. For either side to be relegated would require Independiente to win almost every one of the their remaining 10 games so they are most likely safe.