Independiente finally got back to winning ways in Brindisi’s second game in charge with a 3 – 1 win over Argentinos Juniors in Avellaneda. The result lifts them back above San Martin but they remain in the relegation places and are still a long way from safety. The team just above them, Quilmes, looked to be heading for defeat in the Monumental against River Plate but a late equaliser from Martin Cauteruccio earned them a crucial point. The draw means that River Plate fall four points behind leaders Newell’s Old Boys. Earlier, Newell’s looked like they too were heading for a point but a dramatic late winner by Maxi Rodriguez earned them a 4 – 3 win against Racing. Young Racing striker, Luciano Vietto, will be disappointed that despite his hat trick he ended up on the losing side. Vietto is the first Racing player to score two hat tricks in the short championships, following his first against San Martin. REPORTS AND GOALS HERE….
INDEPENDIENTE 3 – 1 ARGENTINOS JUNIORS
Independiente’s first win in seven gives them a faint glimmer of hope of avoiding relegation and despite not playing particularly well they managed to win and, even stranger, score 3 goals in a game. A very poor first half was quickly forgotten when Leonel Galeano headed the home side in front. A wonderful strike from Reinaldo Lemos levelled things but Independiente did not crumble as they have in recent weeks. Daniel Montenegro fired home a penalty and two minutes later Adrian Fernandez made sure of the win.
NEWELL’S OLD BOYS 4 – 3 RACING CLUB
A thriller in Rosario was finally settled by Maxi Rodriguez and maintained Newell’s hopes of claiming the championship. Two goals ahead after half an hour (Milton Casco and Nacho Scocco) it looked like Newell’s would ease to win but Luciano Vietto inspired a Racing come back. Despite playig with 10 men after Diego Villar was sent off, Vietto showed why he is considered one of Argentina’s top prospects. His two goals drew Racing level before Pablo Perez gave Newell’s the lead again. Earlier goal scorer, Casco was then sent off and Vietto once again got Racing back on level terms. The game looked to be heading for a draw but Maxi Rodriguez scored a dramatic injury time winner.
RIVER PLATE 1 – 1 QUILMES
The celebrations at the Monumental were cut short by Martin Cauteruccio’s 88th minute goal as they now trail Newell’s by four points. Colombian defender, Eder Alvarez Balanta scored again to give River the lead and it looked to be the match winner but Cauteruccio’s strike earned Quilmes a draw. Alvarez Balanta looks like a real find as the 20 year old impressed defensively but again showed his aerial threat at the other end. Yet to sign a professional deal at River, they will need to get him tied down to a deal soon.