Independiente brought to an end their Transición season with a thoroughly convincing 3-0 win away to Quilmes. New coach, Gabi Milito was in the stands watching and will have been impressed by the attacking display from El Rojo, that had been sorely lacking under Mauricio Pellegrino for much of this campaign.
Emiliano Rigoni fired the visitors in front with seven minutes on the clock and moments later, Diego Vera doubled the advantage. The dynamic attacking trio of Martín Benítez, Emiliano Rigoni and Vera combined to leave the Uruguayan with a simple header.
A dominant first half performance was capped by new Argentina squad member Víctor Cuesta, with the defender rising to head in Rigoni’s free kick.
The score remained the same but El Rojo could and probably should have added more after the break. Substitutes Rodrigo Gómez and Gastón del Castillo both made bright cameos and had wonderful opportunities to make the score even more emphatic.
It has been a disappointing 2016 for Independiente but with Gabi Milito in place for the new season and a glimpse of the attacking talent available in the final two league games, there is a renewed hope in Avellaneda.
In Liniers, Vélez were unable to finish the season with a win after being held to a goalless draw by Patronato. El Fortín shaded proceedings but could not find the vital goal which would have been enough for three points.
Quilmes 0 – 3 Independiente
Vélez Sarsfield 0 – 0 Patronato