Colón de Santa Fe’s impressive start to 2016 took an even larger step forward on Thursday evening when the talented Alan Ruiz orchestrated a first half blitz that left a usually solid Belgrano side on it’s knees. Inside three minutes, the home side were in front when Los Celestes failed to deal with a cross from the right and eventually Ruiz was able to rifle the ball beyond Juan Carlos Olave with the aid of a deflection. There was a hint of luck about Ruiz’s first but his second after the half hour mark was devastating. The 22-year-old turned his marker, skipped inside another challenge and released an unstoppable shot from 35 yards that Olave couldn’t prevent whistling into the top corner. A third, scored by Mauricio Sperduti before half time virtually ended the contest as Ricardo Zielinski’s side simply had no answer to the rampant Sabaleros. Three wins from three for Colón and top of Zona 1 is a start to the season that few would have anticipated.
While Colón may have extended their unbeaten start in the most impressive fashion, Lanús quietly continue to grind out victories and Jorge Almirón’s sit top of Zona 2 after a third straight win. Temperley were the hosts and will feel that they deserved at least a point after matching El Granate for much of the match. However, Pepe Sand is already proving an excellent acquisition and it was the veteran striker who won the visitors their second half penalty before slotting the winner past Federico Crivelli.
Earlier in Sarandí, Estudiantes came from behind to earn a draw against Tigre but having played almost the entire match against ten men, Nelson Vivas’ side will feel that this was two points dropped. Tigre had Rodrigo Erramuspe sent off after quarter of an hour for a high challenge on David Barbona but despite the numerical disadvantage took the lead midway through the second half. Sebastián Rincón led the break and when he found Federico González in space, the striker made no mistake in lashing the ball past Daniel Sappa. Anxious to get something from the game, El Pincha forced an equaliser when Leandro Desábato’s volley slipped through the hands of Javier García in the Tigre goal but they were unable to find a winner.
Estudiantes 1 – 1 Tigre
Colón 3 – 0 Belgrano
Temperley 0 – 1 Lanús