Late luck gives San Lorenzo victory over Sarmiento, Aldosivi edge Los Bichos & Estudiantes win in Rafaela (VIDEO)


The opening weekend draw against newly promoted Patronato cast enormous doubt over Pablo Guede’s new regime at San Lorenzo but the midweek thrashing of Boca Juniors to lift the Supercopa, breathed new life into Los Cuervos.With Sarmiento the visitors to the Nuevo Gasómetro on Saturday evening, the home crowd were expectant of an opening three points of the season. El Verde had other ideas and took a shock lead after just five minutes when Walter Busse’s shot took a huge deflection off Matías Caruzzo and wrong-footed Sebastián Torrico. Despite dominating possession, San Lorenzo could not find a way through until referee Germán Delfino gifted them a lifeline. Leandro Romagnoli tumbled in the box, perhaps with the slightest of unintentional touches from Franco Peppino, and with fifteen minutes remaining Néstor Ortigoza levelled the game. With a draw just seconds away, Romagnoli spotted Pablo Barrientos in space and the midfielder slotted the ball past Emanuel Tripodi for a 93rd minute winner.

Aldosivi continued their fine start to 2016 and although Argentinos Juniors provided more of a test than Olimpo last week, El Tiburón scored another three en route to a second consecutive victory. Jonathan Galván’s towering header put the home side in front but a soft penalty decision at the other end allowed Federico Insúa to thump Los Bichos level with his first goal since returning to the club. Parity didn’t last long and the increasingly impressive Santiago Rosales provided another glimpse of why the 21-year-old is one to watch this season with a stunning assist for Cristian Llama. In first half stoppage time another contentious penalty decision gave Gastón Díaz the opportunity to extend Aldosivi’s lead. Lautaro Rinaldi pulled one back for the visitors with fifteen minutes remaining but they could not force an equaliser.

Estudiantes bounced back from their opening weekend defeat to pick up a first win of 2016 against Atlético Rafaela. Despite still missing players through suspension, Lucas Viatri’s powerful strike from outside the penalty area proved enough to see off La Crema and hand Nelson Vivas’ side three points.

San Lorenzo  2 – 1  Sarmiento

Aldosivi  3 – 2  Argentinos Juniors

Atlético Rafaela  0 – 1  Estudiantes

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