Marco Ruben missed the start of the season through injury but on Sunday afternoon, last season’s leading scorer gave an ample reminder of why he is the most dangerous striker in the Primera. Two goals and an assist for the former Dynamo Kyiv forward sent Central to the top of Zona 1 as El Canalla continue to look formidable.
Colón tasted defeat for the first time the weekend before and after Central’s Copa Libertadores exertions, El Sabalero was a potential banana skin for Eduardo Coudet’s side. However, it took just five minutes for Central’s superiority to tell when Ruben clipped a cross to the back post and 19-year-old Giovani Lo Celso thundered a volley past Jorge Broun. In recent weeks, Lo Celso has displayed his wonderful passing skills but the quality of this strike suggests there could be more goals to his game.
The home side held on to keep the lead to one but shortly after the break, Ruben produced another goal from the top drawer. Twenty-five yards from goal the 29-year-old bent an unstoppable shot into the top corner to double the lead and when strike partner Marcelo Larrondo was tripped in the penalty area ten minutes later, Ruben made it three.
With Ruben and Larrondo in attack, backed with the pace and guile of Franco Cervi, Lo Celso and Walter Montoya, it is clear that Central are going to take some stopping in Zona 1.
In Bahía Blanca, Cristian Díaz made a winning start to life as Olimpo coach, aiding the team to a first win of the season and by their own very low standards prompting a glut of goals. A third of Olimpo’s matches in 2015 ended goalless and with just one goal from their opening four matches, expectations weren’t high when Arsenal visited on Sunday evening.
This match was heading the same way until Néstor Moiraghi gave the home side the lead from the penalty spot after 78 minutes and when Franco Troyansky rifled in a second, Díaz’s side had managed something that Diego Osella achieved only six times in 2015 – scored twice. Arsenal did pull a goal back in stoppage time through Gonzalo Bazán but Olimpo held on for a crucial three points.
Colón 0 – 3 Rosario Central
Olimpo 2 – 1 Arsenal