Godoy Cruz without the suspended pair of Santiago García and Jaime Ayoví looked as though they might struggle for goals in their opening fixture against Huracán and while they didn’t exactly flow, new signing Maxi Sigales earned El Tomba a valuable three points.
The Uruguayan was tasked with replacing the absent duo and after 30 minutes albeit with the help of a little deflection off Hugo Nervo, the 22-year-old fired the ball past a static Marcos Díaz.
The visitors perhaps should have earned a point after a much improved second half performance but their replacement for Ramón Ábila spurned the best chance of the game. Julio Angulo dallied on the ball after rounding Roberto Ramírez and although the Ecuadorian was certain he should have had a penalty the opportunity to roll the ball into an empty net was wasted.
A useful three points for Sebastián Méndez’s side, who will be hoping to go even better than what was a tremendous Transición, but both sides will need to improve over the coming weeks.
Earlier in Junín, Sarmiento earned a crucial win in the relegation battle even at this early stage of the season.
Caruso Lombardi only just kept El Verde in the top flight and now Gabriel Schürrer must do the same and the 45-year-old couldn’t have asked for a better start. With only ten minutes on the clock Maxi Fornari’s purposeful run into the penalty box was halted by Marcos Curado and Ariel Penal immedialtely pointed to the spot.
Leandro Díaz sent Fernando Pellegrino the wrong way for a first goal since his move from Ferro Carril Oeste and it proved to the match winner. Arsenal’s hopes for a comeback were dashed shortly after half time when Claudio Corvalán was shown a second yellow card.
Sarmiento de Junín 1 – 0 Arsenal de Sarandí
Godoy Cruz 1 – 0 Huracán