Defensa y Justicia’s remarkable start to 2016 just keeps on going and the Primera’s surprise attacking outfit swept aside Argentinos Juniors in La Paternal for a fourth consecutive victory. The 5-1 scoreline not only took El Halcón’s goal tally to an impressive eighteen, a Primera high, but also prompted Carlos Mayor to walk away from Los Bichos just six matches into the season.
For all of Defensa y Justicia’s attacking threat in recent weeks it was set pieces that Argentinos Juniors really couldn’t cope with. Tomás Cardona volleyed the visitors in front from the first poorly defended free kick and minutes later from a similar position, Los Bichos gifted a second. Camilo Vargas and young right back Kevin MacAllister made a hash of clearing the ball under no pressure and the ball rebounded off the unfortunate academy product and into the net.
Emilio Zelaya provided an immediate response for the home side when he turned in Damian Batallini’s low cross but it was a brief reprieve. Another free kick brought further panic in the Argentinos defence and with plenty of shirt pulling, the visitors were awarded a penalty. Camilo Vargas superbly saved Rafael Delgado’s effort to ensure the half time lead remained at just one, but worse was to come.
In form striker Fabián Bordagaray struck a late hat-trick with eleven minutes between his first and third to complete another rout for Ariel Holán’s rejuvenated side. Up to second in the table now, few could have predicted this start for Defensa y Justicia; Argentinos Juniors on the other hand look in real trouble. Four defeats on the bounce and fifteen goals conceded was too much for Carlos Mayor but whoever replaces him faces a mammoth task.
Zona 1’s bottom two clubs faced each other as Quilmes welcomed Olimpo to the Estadio Centenario and all the action came in the opening ten minutes. Walter Acuña rifled the visitors in front from 25 yards after just five minutes but Daniel Imperiale provided an almost instant response when he tapped in a well worked corner. Neither side could find a winner and so both remain at the foot of the table. Four consecutive draws for Quilmes at least extend their unbeaten run but Los Cerveceros still remain without a win in 2016.