Round Two of the Torneo Inicial was completed last night prior to elections this weekend (although Newell’s have yet to start) and saw San Lorenzo impressively defeat Racing 3-0, River bounce back from defeat with a 1-0 victory over Rosario Central in El Monumental and Olimpo and Tigre do their best to bore spectators to death in a 0-0 draw. READ MORE FOR THE REPORTS AND ALL THE ACTION….
RACING 0 – 3 SAN LORENZO
The Torneo Inicial’s first clasico between Racing and San Lorenzo was supposed to give us some indication of both Racing’s youngsters progression and San Lorenzo’s title hopes in a tightly contested game. However, it was the boys from Boedo who demolished their Avellaneda based counterparts and in the process threw down the gauntlet in impressive style. The game was deprived of the usual clasico atmosphere as a result of it being played behind closed doors. Racing’s celebrations over Independiente’s relegation went a little to far in the eyes of the AFA and so this was the punishment. Martin Cauteruccio’s fine strike in the first half (his third in 2 games) gave San Lorenzo a deserved lead at half time and there was no hold up after the break. Defender, Mauro Cetto headed in the second before Hector Villalba added a third, a fine individual goal as he cut in from the left and rifled a shot into the bottom corner. The only side to have won both games (Newell’s are yet to start), San Lorenzo sit top of the table.
RIVER PLATE 1 – 0 ROSARIO CENTRAL
Later, River Plate hosted another of the newly promoted sides, Rosario Central. River were defeated in the opening weekend and Rosario had impressively won so this was a crucial game for River to bounce back in front of their own fans. River’s campaign has so far been hindered by some shoddy deals, first with the protracted transfer of Jonathan Fabbro and now again with striker, Teo Gutierrez. His former club, Cruz Azul claiming before the game that River haven’t paid and so they want him back. Without a recognised striker, River have been forced to play Giovanni Simeone, the 18-year-old Academy product and son of Argentine International, Diego, up front on his own.
Unable to find the net on Sunday in La Plata, it looked like last night’s game was also heading for a blank until another Academy product popped up with the match winner. Fabbro’s corner was flicked on by Simone and young, Federico Andrade stooped at the back post to head in the winner. Andrade is the top scorer in the history of River’s youth sides and now has a senior goal to his name.
Moment’s later, not content with making the winning goal, Fabbro got himself sent off with a wild, karate like kick to the head of Guillermo Fernandez. This was not vintage stuff from River but Ramon Diaz will be relieved to see his side off the mark, knowing that they can only get stronger.
OLIMPO 0 – 0 TIGRE
Not a great deal to say about this one. Both sides are off the mark after narrow defeats to San Lorenzo and Velez in Round One.