Aldosivi ended 2015 positively and the AFA’s fixture list threw up a generous looking clásico against Olimpo for the opening weekend. El Aurinegro ended last season with one of the best defences in the league but just couldn’t find the net and on the evidence of Saturday, not much has changed. The home side failed to make a breakthrough until the 70th minute when Sebastián Penco was upended by Elías Borrego; the midfielder was shown a second yellow and Gastón Díaz dispatched the penalty. El Tiburón took control and the impressive Santiago Rosales danced through the defence to make it two before Alexís Castro made sure of the points from close range. There will be greater tests for Fernando Quiroz but it’s an excellent start for Aldosivi.
Argentinos Juniors, under new manager Carlos Mayor, welcomed Mauro Camoranesi’s Tigre to the Estadio Diego Armando Maradona and as is perhaps expected from an opening fixture under new management both sides looked like works in progress. The visitors took the lead when José Correa finished past Camilo Vargas but Los Bichos reacted well and under Mayor appear to be set for a more possession-based, passing game. This will hopefully get more from talanted young enganche, Luciano Cabral and it was the 20-year-old who pulled Argentinos level. A nice passing move found the Chilean under-20 international and he clipped the ball over Javier García for a share of the points.
Newell’s Old Boys’ problems from 2015 do not appear resolved and La Lepra began the new year with a 2-1 defeat to San Martín in San Juan. Former Newell’s striker, Emanuel Dening headed the home side in front and when Juan Mattia bundled in a second shortly after half-time, it looked clear that Lucas Bernardi was not going to have it any easier after a difficult first year in management. Torino-bound, Lucas Boyé pulled one back from distance in injury time but it was nothing more than a consolation. Next weekend, Newell’s face city rivals, Rosario Central in the Gigante and another clásico defeat will really crank up the pressure.