After their sorry performance in the clásico on Sunday, Newell’s Old Boys, under the temporary management of Juan Pablo Vojvoda, needed a reaction and although nothing forgives a derby defeat like that in Rosario, La Lepra did a pretty good job. Racing were the visitors to the Estadio Marcelo Bielsa, themselves in search for a first league win, and although Facundo Sava rotated his side ahead of an important weekend, La Academia were utterly trounced.
Defeat to Central cost Lucas Bernardi his job but it appeared to serve as a wake up call to many of the players and before the half hour mark, Newell’s took a deserved lead. Peruvian Luis Advíncula did superbly down the right and managed to pick out his opposing full back Emanuel Insúa, who headed the ball back across Sebastián Saja and into the net.
Racing needed the break but it got worse for the visitors when Damián Schmidt headed into his own goal to double the first half advantage. Desperate for the next goal Racing became increasingly open and as the game wore on, Newell’s took full advantage. Advíncula ran clear to poke in a third before Maxi Rodríguez added a late brace, the second of which was a wonderful solo effort. A five-goal victory gave Newell’s a timely boost but is cause for concern for Facundo Sava. With the Copa Libertadores due to start, the Racing coach needs much more from his squad players and this was unacceptable. Almost a completely different eleven will be named for Sunday’s clásico de Avellaneda and another defeat is not an option.
In Florencio Varela, Defensa y Justica scored a first win of the season in convincing fashion over Atlético Rafaela. Tomas Martínez, River Plate’s talented midfielder, on loan with El Halcón tapped in the opener after 8 minutes and although a poor goalkeeping clearance allowed Gabriel Graciani to lob in an equaliser, the home side remained dominant. Fabián Bordagaray almost immediately restored the lead and Eugenio Isnaldo smashed in a third before the break. La Crema never found a way back into the game and with minutes remaining Nicolás Stefanelli poked in a fourth.