Friday: Newell’s go top with win over Velez and Racing Colon ends in draw


Worrying scenes at full time but thankfully Ivan Bella is ok

On Wednesday night Newell’s Old Boys and Velez Sarsfield will meet again, this time in the Copa Libertadores last 16, and it will be Newell’s who will feel more confident after an impressive win in Liniers and the three points that sends them to the top of the table. Missing top scorer, Nacho Scocco, it could have been easy to assume that Newell’s would pose much less of an attacking threat but the 3 – 1 scoreline shows that there is more than just Scocco to this side. There was a scare at the final whistle when Velez defender, Ivan Bella collapsed suffering from, what has now been identified, as an epileptic seizure but thankfully the player is ok. In the later game, Racing drew 1 – 1 with Colon in Avellaneda. World cup winner, Mauro Camoranesi had given Racing the lead only to see Ivan Moreno y Fabianesi equalise late on. REPORTS AND GOALS HERE….


Despite the absense of Nacho Scocco, Newell’s scored three good goals. The first a well taken finish by Martin Tonso, which was cancelled out by Velez’s Ezequiel Rescaldani, the second a long range effort by Marcos Caceres (which perhaps the keeper should have done better with), and the third a fine strike from outside the box by Maxi Urruti. The result provides an interesting talking point ahead of the Libertadores clash.


Racing will be frustrated not to have picked up all 3 points from this game as they created a number of good opportunities. The goal came from a nice knockdown by Luciano Vietto and Mauro Camoranesi finished well but really they should have finished the game off. Instead, the resiliant Colon side, since Morant’s appointment, fought until the end and in the 85th minute Ivan Moreno y Fabianesi tapped in the equaliser from Jorge Achucarro’s cutback.

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