An action packed Sunday kicked off in Rosario and once again it was Rosario Central who claimed the local bragging rights with a tightly contested 1-0 against bitter rivals, Newell’s Old Boys. River Plate missed the chance to move to the top of the table after a controversial defeat to their recent adversaries, Belgrano. The game was heading for a draw until Marcelo Barovero fumbled a shot and despite his efforts to pull it back from the goal line, it was adjudged to have gone in. A huge error which not only cost River the match but could have massive implications in the title race. Boca Juniors bounced back with a convincing 3-0 win over a woeful, Godoy Cruz in La Bombonera. Juan Román Riquelme fired Boca in front from the spot before Emmanuel Gigliotti added a second half brace. San Lorenzo took advantage of all the top sides dropping points with a late rally in Floresta to defeat All Boys 2-1 and move to the summit. Quilmes came from two down to salvage a valuable draw against Atletico Rafaela in spite of some dreadful playing conditions and finally Tigre picked up another 1-0 win when they travelled to Sarandí to face Arsenal. WATCH ALL THE GOALS….
Newell’s Old Boys 0 – 1 Rosario Central
Despite an unbeaten home streak that goes back until June 2013, Newell’s were undone by Franco Neill’s well taken goal early in the second half. Defeat in the Torneo Inicial kick-started a mammoth winless streak for Newell’s so they will be hoping that this will be only a blip, with important Libertadores game to come.
Atletico Rafaela 2 – 2 Quilmes
Considering Caruso Lombardi’s relegation threatened side were trailing by two goals this should be considered a point gained in their efforts to remain in the Primera. Andrés Rodales’ fiercely struck shot gave Rafaela the lead just before the break and when Alexis Niz nodded in the second a minute after the interval in looked as though Quilmes would be leaving empty handed. However, a wonderful Sebastián Martínez hit and a Cristian Lema header levelled the match as Quilmes pushed for a winner. The heavy rain over the weekend created a pitch made passing difficult and so perhaps it was perfect for Caruso’s side but they could not muster a win. The draw leaves them deep in the relegation mire.
All Boys 1 – 2 San Lorenzo
There were chances at both ends before Javier Edgardo Cámpora poked All Boys in front and provide what could be been a priceless win. With time running out it looked like San Lorenzo would be frustrated after a series of close attempts and attempts to win penalties but in the 83rd minute, former All Boys striker, Mauro Matos equalised. Five minutes later, the comeback was complete when Walter Kannemann rose above everyone to head in Angel Correa’s corner and send San Lorenzo top.
Arsenal 0 – 1 Tigre
Arsenal’s utterly dreadful league form continued on Sunday afternoon as they were deservedly beaten by Tigre. Sergio Araujo scored the only goal of the game to lift Tigre a little further to safety.
Boca Juniors 3 – 0 Godoy Cruz
No mistake, Godoy Cruz were absolutely terrible but Boca Juniors produced a professional performance to easily send the visitors back to Mendoza with nothing. Juan Román Riquelme put Boca in front with a penalty after Juan Manuel Martínez had been flattened by goalkeeper, Jorge Carranza. Just minutes after the break, Martínez provided the pass for the second, releasing Emmanuel Gigliotti to skip round Carranza and pass the ball into the empty net. As the match wound down, Boca were gifted another penalty and again Carranza was guilty only on this occasion the keeper was shown a red card. Gigliotti had the honour from the spot and fired Boca three in front to end what was a terrible week.
Belgrano 2 – 1 River Plate
Since being the team that sent River down to the B in 2011, Belgrano have provided a grudge match and time will tell but this could be another costly defeat for Ramon Diaz’s side. Jorge Velázquez had headed Belgrano into an early lead only to see it cancelled out minutes later by Teó Gutiérrez. With the game heading for a draw, Marcelo Barovero dropped an almighty clanger when he spilled Lucas Zelarrayán’s wayward shot onto/over the line. Debate will rage on this but either way the goal was given and River could look back to rue such a costly mistake.