Following a testing summer which saw several key players leave the Estadio Florencio Sola, Banfield have endured a difficult start to 2016 but there can be few excuses for the manner in which they handed victory to Godoy Cruz on Friday night. A match almost absent of defence ended in a 3-2 victory for La Tomba, who with it notch a third straight win in the Primera.
Santiago García opened the scoring on the half hour mark after following up Jaime Ayoví’s superb flick that came back off the post but Banfield were immediately handed an opportunity to level. Diego Abal harshly adjudged Luciano Abecasis to have handled in the penalty area despite the ball appearing to hit his chest and Santiago Silva thumped the spotkick past Rodrigo Rey.
The drama came late on when Claudio Pérez sliced the ball into his own net in the 85th minute and looked to have handed the three points to the visitors but Giovanni Simeone poked in a 90th minute equaliser to the relief of the home crowd. However, within seconds, Godoy Cruz were back in front and finally sealed the win. Abecasis escaped down the right and his low cross was bundled in by an unmarked Santiago García.
Earlier in Rosario, Diego Osella made his debut as Newell’s manager and the former Olimpo coach couldn’t have made a worse start. It took just four minutes for Mauricio Martínez to rifle Unión in front through a crowd of players but unlike against Boca Juniors a week earlier, there was no capitulation. La Lepra remained a threat and ten minutes before half time, the impressive Lucas Boyé led an attack before slipping the ball into the path of Ignacio Scocco, who made no mistake in thumping the ball past Nereo Fernández. The home side were unable to find a winner but it was a vast improvement for Newell’s, who will be hoping better times are ahead.