The history books tell us that the clásico platense is a pretty even affair since Estudiantes broke away from Gimnasia in 1905, that is up until the last ten years, when El Pincha have enjoyed a period of dominance. Since 2005, Estudiantes have won 11 of the 16 clásicos with their closest rivals taking the La Plata bragging rights just once. Sunday afternoon in El Bosque proved no different and it was Mauricio Pellegrino’s side celebrating another victory and a continued 100% record for the start of 2015.
Defender Jonathan Schunke broke the deadlock with a header shortly before half time after what had been a fairly even and feisty first half and two minutes after the break Guido Carrillo continued his fine form with a smart first time finish. Pablo Vergetti headed a goal back within minutes of falling two behind and when Leonardo Jara was sent off just five minutes after coming on a second half substitute it looked like El Lobo might just be able to salvage something. However, with minutes remaining Ezequiel Cerutti burst forward and Néstor Pitana judged Maxi Coronel’s mistimed slide tackle to be just inside the penalty area, allowing Cerutti to brush himself off and thump in the resulting penalty. Coronel was shown a second yellow card in stoppage time to wrap up another thoroughly depressing clásico for Gimnasia.
Later in La Paternal, Argentinos Juniors claimed a second victory of the season thanks to Federico Gallego’s outstanding volley. It is a good start to the season for Los Bichos, after most had predicted they would struggle. There is a long way to go but home victories over bottom half rivals, Atlético Rafaela and now Defensa y Justicia bode well.