Sunday roundup: Newell’s keep pressure on the top as River lose ground


Newell’s still on the heels of Lanus after yesterday’s victory

Newell’s Old Boys came through a fiery encounter with Tigre to win 3 – 1 and remain just two points behind league leaders Lanus. Two red cards and another goal for in-form striker, Nacho Scocco provided an entertaining game after last weekend’s series of pretty drab nil nils.  Meanwhile, River Plate lost ground on the leaders as they could only manage a 1 – 1 draw against Arsenal in the Monumental. In the day’s other two matches, Colon came from behind to snatch a dramatic, late 2 – 1 win over Velez Sarsfield, Facundo Caruchet scoring the winner in injury time and Estudiantes still didn’t win but instead managed a goalless draw at home to Godoy Cruz. In the scheme of things not a bad result, against one of this season’s better sides but still they remain bottom of the table. REPORTS AND GOALS HERE….


Maybe in normal circumstances a point against Martin Palermo’s, Godoy Cruz would have been ok but when you are bottom of the table and winless it doesn’t do too much. That being said, and with Seba Veron looking on, Esudiantes were the better side, creating a number of good chances and probably should have had a penalty in the second half.


Despite going behind early to a penalty converted by Velez striker, Ezequiel Rescaldani, Colon managed to fight their way back to 3 points. The equiliser a wonderfully struck free kick from Bruno Urribarri, although perhaps Velez keeper, German Montoya was a little slow to react. The winner dramatically came in stoppage time when Facundo Caruchet got two attempts to slot home after seeing his initial shot saved.


Newell’s were able to keep pressure on Lanus at the top of the table but maybe without star man, Nacho Scocco, as it has been revealed he has broken a bone in his foot and will be out for a few weeks. Once again in this game it was his goal that was the real moment of quality. Newell’s had taken the lead through Victor Figueroa only to see Gabriel Heinze sent off in the second half and then Ruben Botta equalise from the penalty spot. It looked like it might be points dropped for title hopefuls, Newell’s but shortly after they were back in front, Santiago Vergini heading in. Numerical order was then restored when Tigre had Diego Castano dismissed and then Scocco killed off the game with a superbly taken solo effort. His injury could be disastrous for Newell’s and Lanus will be hoping he will be out for as long as possible.


Both goals coming pretty early as River’s, Mori cancelled out the earlier strike from Arsenal’s Dario Benedetto. River are now 4 points behind Lanus but a point against fourth placed Arsenal is not a bad result and with 10 games remaining it is still wide open.

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