Arsenal’s oustanding defensive work in 2016 has been one of the key factors in their rise up the zone one table but on a wet Monday night in Sarandí, their new found resiliance deserted them somewhat and Belgrano snatched a 93rd minute equaliser. Mario Bolatti making it 3-3 in stoppage time brought to an end an exhilarating second half which yielded all six goals and was perhaps a fair reflection on a fiercely contested clash.
After a goalless first half, Fernando Márquez struck just two minutes after the restart to give the visitors the lead and it served as a catalyst for a goal-laden partidazo. Gabriel Sanabria almost immediately levelled for Arsenal after poking in a rebound from close range and moments later Ramiro Carrera put them ahead, slotting the ball beneath Juan Carlos Olave.
Mario Bolatti dragged Belgrano level with a fierce shot from the edge of the penalty area that had hit the back of the net before Fernando Pellegrino has even moved but when Juan Ignacio Sánchez Sotelo restored the home side’s lead from the penalty spot, Sergio Rondona would have probably thought his side had done enough.
And they never did. However, with a minute left of added time, Bolatti’s side-footed effort found it’s way through a crowded penalty box and into the bottom corner to earn Ricardo Zielinski’s side a deserved first away point of the season.
The result means Arsenal miss the chance to go top of zone one but remain just a point behind San Lorenzo and Godoy Cruz. With only four points separating the top six, the title remains anyone’s at this stage.
Arsenal de Sarandí 3 – 3 Belgrano