It’s been a pretty good week for Rosario Central and as of yet there are no signs that Eduardo Coudet’s can’t go better than they managed in 2015 and actually lift a trophy. Victory over Newell’s was impressive but in the current circumstances expected, however, a visit three days later to an apparent title rival should have presented a tougher challenge. It wasn’t the same level of domination that they exerted over their city rivals but two decisive moments in the second half swung it in favour of Eduardo Coudet’s impressive side.
A fairly even opening 45 minutes was perhaps shaded by the home side. Martín Benítez going closest after being released by Claudio Aquino and hitting the inside of the post, which ultimately proved to a costly miss.
Moments after the break, Marcelo Larrondo nodded down a corner and when Gustavo Toledo got caught the wrong side of Pablo Álvarez he pulled his opposing full back to the ground. Jorge Baliño pointed to the spot and Larrondo sent Diego Rodríguez the wrong way to give Central the lead.
With Independiente puhing for an equaliser, Central were able to play more on the break and it was a devastating example of this that extended their lead. A corner for El Rojo was pounced on when the ball was loose and within seconds, Jonás Aguirre was cutting inside Toledo and slotting the ball into the net.
Central sit top of Zone 1 and look formidable at present while pressure grows on Independiente. The supporters were clear that Sunday’s clásico against Racing was a win at all costs match and with a visit to the Monumental following that, El Rojo could have their hopes of a title destroyed soon. Pablo Moyano, son of club president, Hugo tweeted that they have resigned following the defeat last night and so the club appear in disarray just days before the crucial clash.
In Paraná, Patronato against Arsenal ended goalless.
Independiente 0 – 2 Rosario Central
Patronato 0 – 0 Arsenal