River Plate’s indifferent start to 2016 continued last night in the Monumental after Leonardo Pisculichi’s first half red card proved costly. Los Millonarios were already trailing after Diego Viera had poked the visitors into an early lead when Pisculichi saw red for a needless challenge on Fernando Zuqui. With River’s defence already looking vulnerable and a goal down, Marcelo Gallardo will have ever right to feel let down by one of the side’s most experienced figures. In spite of the numerical disadvantage, River found an equaliser and for the second home game in a row, Gonzalo Martínez found the back of the net from distance. River were the better side after half time and looked the more likely winners despite La Tomba posing a threat on the break. However, unable to find a second it was the visitors that snatched victory when Gabriel Carabajal’s sweetly struck left-footed shot whistled past Marcelo Barovero. Back-to-back defeats for River ahead of a huge trip to Rosario Central this weekend.
Atlético Tucumán’s surprising 100% start to 2016 continues and after victories over Racing and Boca Juniors, Unión became El Decano’s third victim of the Primera season. Sacrificing much of the possession, Juan Manuel Azconzábal has his newly promoted side well drilled to play on the counter and they are certainly making the most of chances when they come around. Cristian Menéndez poked the home side in front just before half time and with Unión unable to find a way through the stubborn Atleti defence, Menéndez nodded in a second in second half injury time. Such an outstanding start to the season is certainly putting distance between themselves and the relegation places and with tougher times certain to come ahead, these victories could be vital.