Boca’s problems are clear as another superclásico fails to live up to the billing
Argentine football’s biggest match once again disappointed after River Plate and Boca Juniors played out a fiercely contested but ultimately rather dull superclásico. Marcelo Gallardo’s side will certainly be the unhappier with the result having dominated for large parts of the match and but for some wasteful finishing would have ran out deserved winners. Boca Juniors, meanwhile, had only trained with new manager Guillermo Barros Schelotto for four days but just as they had done for his debut against Racing last Thursday, Los Xeneizes appeared content with ensuring they didn’t lose rather than going for three points.
Tevez told reporters after the match: “If you don’t play well, you at least have to make sure you don’t lose.” Boca managed this, just about, but the task ahead of Guillermo Barros Schelotto is clear. Despite the riches of this side they now haven’t scored a goal in over four hours and the new coach’s lack of preparation time can excuse this but the side will not be given such allowances going forward. The lack of a number nine is bemoaned and so we will see once Dani Osvaldo is back to fitness of this changes the fortunes.
River-Boca aside, Round six goes goal crazy and Racing’s SIX against Unión tops it
For those still stupefied after the boredom of the superclásico, Unión and Racing provided the perfect antidote with a match of sheer madness in Santa Fe. Goals simply rained up until the full time whistle and even after an incredible opening 30 minutes which saw La Academia take the lead three times, the attacking intent and lack of defending never relented. A further late flurry after the home side had Emanuel Britez sent off saw Facundo Sava’s side pull away at last and complete a remarkable 6-3 victory.
However, it wasn’t only in Santa Fe where the goals flowed – Defensa y Justicia continued their remarkable form as they hit five past Argentinos Juniors, Tigre also hit five and Independiente might have been flattered by their scoreline but returned to winning ways with a 4-1 win against Colón.
48 goals in total, an average of 3.2 per game so don’t judge the Primera by the superclásico please!
Camaronesi’s job is safe for now as Tigre win 5-0
Tigre manager Mauro Camaronesi was being tipped to be the next Primera manager fired after his side remained winless and were struggling to reproduce the form they had under Gustavo Alfaro. The visit of Atlético Tucumán to Victoria was far from easy given the newly promoted side had won four out of the five top flight matches since promotion but El Matador surprised even their own supporters by claiming a first three points of 2016 after cruising to a 5-0 win.
Having scored two goals prior to Monday night, few could have predicted such a result. Will this result revitalise Tigre and is it a sign of the wheels falling off for Atlético Tucumán?
Central are held in Rosario by Banfield to show a chink in the armour
The rest of the Primera were quietly hoping that when the Copa Libertadores began, Rosario Central’s momentum would slow. It’s too early to suggest it has, after all it took a Claudio Villagra thunderbolt to earn Banfield a draw in the Gigante de Arroyito, but following a gruelling defeat away to Palmeiras on Thursday night, the schedule could eventually take it’s toll.
Despite this defeat, such is Rosario Central’s home record under Eduardo Coudet that victory over Banfield was still expected. El Canalla have not lost at home under Coudet, a run that stretches back to 2014 and while it remains intact, Banfield arrived showing such defensive fragility that Marco Ruben and co might have thought it would be an easy evening.
Yet to win in the Copa Libertadores, Coudet hasn’t yet worked out how to balance his squad between the two tournaments and if qualification from the group stages occurs, Central must maintain league form.
Godoy Cruz move to within a point after a fourth consecutive win
Godoy Cruz’s fine start to 2016 continued in Mendoza as they came from behind to defeat Patronato and move up to second in Zona 1, just a point behind Rosario Central.
Godoy Cruz have been something of a surprise package this term after their habitual player turnover meaning each season is something of a lottery. This year’s signings have worked out so far and after four consecutive victories and no defeat since the opening round, La Tomba look to be having a one of their good seasons.
Santiago García is already proving to be an excellent acquisition and with five goals to his name, the Uruguayan is striking up a dangerous partnership with Jaime Ayoví.