It may well be too little too late but Colon ended a 15 game winless streak by defeating Claudio Borghi’s, Argentinos Juniors last night. Gabriel Graciani’s brave second half header was their first goal in over 9 hours and was enough to give Colon a 1-0 win. In the Nuevo Gasómetro, San Lorenzo kickstarted their season with a 1-0 win over Racing. Following defeat to Olimpo and then further Libertadores woes, Nicolas Blandi’s acrobatic winner was crucial and serves as a little wake up call for Racing. Velez Sarsfield impressively defeated Arsenal in Sarandi with Mauro Zárate at the centre. His two goals set Velez on the way to a 3-1 win and continued Arsenal’s sluggish start. Estudiantes, with Juan Sebastian Veron back in the side claimed another 1-0 win, this time, away to All Boys and finally Olimpo stretched their undefeated run to 6 games with a goalless draw in Victoria against Tigre. WATCH ALL THE ACTION HERE….
All Boys 0 – 1 Estudiantes
A second 1-0 win continued Estudiantes perfect start to the Torneo Final although after having Carlos Auzqui sent off midway through the second half they were made to work for it.
A dull first half provided few talking points except perhaps the return of Juan Sebastian Veron to the Estudiantes midfield.
The decisive goal came after halftime when Nicolás Cambiasso in the All Boys goal could only parry Jonathan Schunke’s shot and Guido Carrillo was quickest to react.
Minutes later, Estudiantes were reduced to 10 men when Carlos Auzqui was sent off and so with All Boys desperate for points the pressure mounted.
Estudiantes defence held firm aided by the superb, Geronimo Rulli in goal and hung on to their slender lead. All Boys can ill afford too many home games like this if they are to avoid being sucked into the Nacional B.
Arsenal 1 – 3 Velez Sarsfield
Mauro Zárate and his strike partner, Lucas Pratto showed just how valuable they are to Velez in Sarandi as the deadly duo linked up to help Jose Flores’ side to their first 3 points.
Arsenal have started the season slowly, with losses in the league and the Libertadores and once again they were second best.
Zárate gave Velez the lead minutes after the interval after Pratto pulled the ball back for him to slot past Cristian Campestrini and minutes later, the same pair combined to double the lead. Pratto drove down the left and his low cross was expertly flicked by Zárate, with the outside of his boot into the net.
For the third, it was Zárate who turned provider. His cross found Jorge Correa unmarked and he rifled his shot into the bottom corner.
Arsenal then lost Damián Pérez after a rash challenge on Agustín Allione prompted Pablo Lunati to go straight for his red card and although Mariano Echeverría pulled one back late on it was another bad day for Arsenal.
Tigre 0 – 0 Olimpo
Olimpo’s form in Bahia Blanca is not in question and if they continue to win their home games and pick up points away then their safety will not be in doubt.
Tigre were the better side in Victoria but were frustrated by a resilient Olimpo side who are now unbeaten in 6 matches.
San Lorenzo 1 – 0 Racing Club
The Torneo Inicial champions, San Lorenzo started their season last night in the Nuevo Gasómetro with a clásico victory over Racing and in many ways it was reminiscent of how they won the title.
New signing, Nicolas Blandi gave El Ciclon an early lead with a wonderful, improvised volley after Matías Cahais failed to deal with a cross from the left.
The combination of Piatti and Correa threatened but Racing, with a new belief under Mostaza Merlo had their chances.
However, like in the Torneo Inicial on several occasions, Sebastián Torrico saved San Lorenzo and kept their lead intact. Superb saves from Luciano Vietto and Mauro Camoranesi ensured El Ciclon earned their first 3 points after the disappointment of the opening day loss to Olimpo and Copa Libertadores defeat.
For Racing, there were still positives but after last weekend’s easy win, the result serves as a timely reality check.
Colon 1 – 0 Argentinos Juniors
After 15 matches without a win and 9 hours without a goal, Colon were due a break and even though their relegation fears are still very much real, they were able to celebrate a win over relegation rivals, Argentinos Juniors.
Gabriel Graziani scored the only goal of the game when he chased a ball over the top and managed to beat Pablo Migliore to it and head into the unguarded net.
The promising sign of fight will bring some hope to Colon but for Argentinos it is a step back following their opening day win over Godoy Cruz. Claudio Borghi still has plenty of work to do.