Yet another full round of midweek games means that the Torneo Final is already 6 rounds in. Big wins for Newell’s, San Lorenzo, Quilmes, Boca and Lanús but interestingly since the 1995 Apertura, only 3 sides have gone on to win the championship after having fewer than 10 points after 6 games. So with that in mind the title should end up in either Colón, San Lorenzo, Estudiantes, Godoy Cruz, Belgrano or Vélez. I have my doubts about this but time will tell. WATCH ALL THE MIDWEEK ACTION HERE….
Colón 1 – 1 Godoy Cruz
Colón ‘s surprising unbeaten run continued and had it not been for a late Godoy Cruz equaliser it would have been another 3 points.
Marcelo Meli’s well struck, left footed shot appeared to have given them the victory over their relegation rivals but Leonardo Sigali’s late header ensured a share of the spoils.
Colón’s recent run has pulled them away from the drop zone and survival suddenly appears a very realistic goal, while Godoy Cruz remain in the bottom three.
Gimnasia 1 – 1 Atletico Rafaela
Gimnasia and Rafaela played out a pretty evenly contested and not particularly enthralling draw in La Plata.
A diving header by Omar Pouso midway through the first half gave Gimnasia the lead but on the stroke of half time a Rafaela break allowed Vera to play in Lucas Albertengo and he slotted the ball underneath Fernando Monetti.
All Boys 0 – 0 Argentinos Juniors
Just writing the result of this one is already spending too much time on it. There really is nothing to add. Both sides remain in the thick of a relegation fight although All Boys do leapfrog Olimpo for the timebeing.
Lanús 1 – 0 Racing Club
Racing’s search for a win since the opening day goes on and their latest defeat means they slide to the bottom of the table.
The goal didn’t come from a set-piece this time but it was a weak clearance that was punished by Fernando Barrientos, his stinging drive from the edge of the box, too powerful for Sebastián Saja.
Lanús only managed the one but it would have been tough on the home side had Mostaza’s boys nicked anything from this one.
With the Copa Libertadores obviously having an impact on Lanús’ season it was an important win, only their second of the season as Racing look in desperate need of a break.
Belgrano 1 – 1 Estudiantes
The comeback kings, Belgrano once again fell behind only to salvage a point thanks to César ‘Picante’ Pereyra’s late penalty. With this latest result, Belgrano became the first team in short championship history to concede the opening goal and end with a win or draw six times in a row. This resilience has certainly kept them in the title race despite not playing particularly well.
Pereyra’s spotkick cancelled out Román Martínez’s bobbled finish in the 72nd minute and so both sides remain in the illustrious group of teams with 10 points or more at this stage.
Boca Juniors 2 – 0 Olimpo
Boca welcomed back Juan Roman Riquelme to the starting 11 and the veteran number 10 inspired his side to a valuable victory over an insipid Olimpo.
A close range finish by Juan Sánchez Miño gave Boca the lead and although Olimpo missed chances to equalise, Riquelme on his 200th appearance in La Bombonera settled it. His 85th minute penalty gave Boca back-to-back home wins and sent Olimpo into the relegation zone.
Newell’s Old Boys 4 – 1 Vélez Sarsfield
The performance of the round certainly goes to Newell’s Old Boys as they comprehensively defeated title rivals, Vélez in Rosario. Another four goals from Alfredo Berti’s side is starting to make a mockery of those who earlier in the season criticized the lack of fire power in the side. This latest result perhaps all the more impressive given that both Maxi rodriguez and Ever Banega were both missing.
A fairly close first half was separated in stoppage time by Gabriel Heinze’s firm header but after the break it was a devastatingly one-sided game.
It took just a minute for left back, Milton Casco to dance through the Velez midfield before exchanging passes with youngster, Ezequiel Ponce and tap in the second. At this point, it is worth noting the impressive performance of 16-year-old, Ponce. The teenager was a constant threat and looks to have a very good future.
Cristian Díaz added a third and although Roberto Nanni poked in a consolation, with a few minutes remaining, Victor Figueroa completed the rout, lobbing Sebastián Sosa from close to halfway.
Newell’s remain a point behind Vélez and do not yet have 10 points but only a fool would count them out as potential champions.
Arsenal 0 – 2 Quilmes
Back-to-back wins for Quilmes under new boss, Caruso Lombardi seem to signal a change in fortunes as they climbed away from danger while Arsenal’s terrible start to the season continued on Thursday evening.
Sebastián Martínez gave Quilmes the lead in the first half and Sergio Hipperdinger completed the victory deep into second half stoppage time.
San Lorenzo 2 – 1 Rosario Central
Inicial Champions, San Lorenzo scored a big win in the Nuevo Gasometro on Thursday, coming from behind to beat Rosario Central.
Carlos Luna nodded the visitors in front after only 4 minutes and a below-par San Lorenzo looked to be heading to defeat until the introduction of Nicolás Blandi.
Rafael Delgado had already been sent off but Central had appeared to weather the storm. In the final 5 minutes, Blandi struck twice to turn the game around. The second coming after good work by Angel Correa, who now has 4 assists in the Torneo Final.
Tigre 0 – 0 River Plate
Again, not a classic but a match between Tigre, who have conceded and scored only 1 goal, and River, who never look like scoring more than 1, this was perhaps expected.
Tigre remain the team not to watch while Ramon Diaz came under a little pressure for not exactly pushing for the win.