Américo Gallego’s Newell’s continue to do just enough since their opening day defeat to Independiente and their latest victory leaves them behind only Rosario Central and Boca in the table. Sarmiento have already proved to be a tough but to crack and once more they made their more experienced Primera opponents work for their three points. Alexis Castro headed Newell’s in front from Ignacio Scocco’s cross just before half time and eight minutes into the second half Scocco netted the second. The goal is Scocco’s first of the season as the former Sunderland striker had not scored since last November, and Newell’s will be hoping that this could kickstart his return to the club. Gervasio Núñez pulled one back from the penalty spot for Sarmiento but they could not muster an equaliser.
A little earlier in Santa Fe, Unión earned a deserved point against Independiente. Lucas Albertengo had poked Jorge Almirón’s side into the lead but after a string of penalty claims, Unión were finally awarded one for a foul on the lively Lucas Gamba. Víctor Malcorra dispatched the spotkick and although both sides had chances, neither could force a winner. It is another good point for Unión, following their draw in the Monumental last week, but for Independiente it is another two dropped. Without the injured Federico Mancuello, El Rojo appeared a little short of ideas and were still full of defensive errors. Until Almirón rectifies this, Independiente can forget about a title challenge and the pressure on the manager will remain.