In one of Argentina’s most fierce derbies and one which divides the city of Rosario it was the yellow side of Rosario Central left to celebrate a famous win over neighbours, Newell’s Old Boys. Not since 2007 have Central been able to enjoy a moment like this and with Newell’s currently enjoying a spell of dominance in Argentine football, a home win was not anticipated. An early goal from Alejandro Donatti was quickly cancelled out by Newell’s star man, Maxi Rodriguez but just before the half hour mark, Hernan Encina tapped in what turned out to be a famous winner. WATCH THE HIGHLIGHTS HERE….
In 2007 it was the penalty of Colombian, Martín Arzuaga and now the fans of Central will be singing the name of Hernan Encina after his winning goal. Newell’s were a little below par by their own very high standards but both sides created an open game which was more enjoyable than many high-pressure games.
Despite the significance of the fixture it didn’t take long for it to burst to life. With only 10 minutes gone, Newell’s failed to deal with a free kick from the left and Alejandro Donatti was left completely free at the back post to head past Nahuel Guzman.
Almost before the fans in the stadium had stopped to celebrate, Newell’s were level and as always it was Maxi Rodriguez. Fresh from his brace against Uruguay, the wily veteran got behind the defence and controlled the ball wonderfully before poking the ball beyond Mauricio Caranta. The ball rolled against the post but Maxi followed the ball in to tap in the equaliser.
Alfredo Berti’s side enjoyed a spell of control and created a number of presentable opportunites but failed to find a second goal. Instead it was Central who took advantage of another uncharacteristic piece of sleepy defending. As Carlos Luna made a nuisance of himself and fell to the ground under a challenge from Victor Lopez the ball broke to Hernan Encina, allowing the midfielder to slide the ball past Guzman.
Newell’s obviously enjoyed the majority of the possession but were unable to break down the resolute Central backline and the game ended in joyous celebrations for all those in yellow and black.
For Central it is a famous win over their bitter rivals but it also moved them out of the relegation places for the time being. For Newell’s it is an embarrassment to lose a Clasico but they remain top of the table and are still on course for back to back titles.