Despite the dreadful weather conditions in Bajo Flores, San Lorenzo and San Martín served up an exciting opening weekend draw and El Ciclón will be rueing the decision to allow Ezequiel Montagna to leave the club on loan after the 22-year-old scored twice for the visitors.
Fernando Belluschi curled in a wonderful free kick to give new coach Diego Aguirre an almost perfect start to the Primera but the lead lasted less than a minute when Montagna pounced on a loose pass by Emmanuel Más, skipped past Fabricio Coloccini and Franco Mussis and slotted the ball past Sebastián Torrico.
It got worse for the home side after 28 minutes when Montagna’s cross from the left drifted over the head of Torrico and in off the far post and although Nicolás Blandi equalised from the penalty spot, Aguirre was left sweating over the fitness of Ezequiel Cerutti and Fabricio Coloccini. Cerutti is undergoing tests on what looked like a serious ankle injury after a challenge with Montagna while Coloccini was forced off with 20 minutes remaining.
Earlier in the Estadio Monumental José Fierro, Atlético Tucumán continued where they left off in the Transición with another home win, extending their unbeaten streak to 32 matches. Relegation threatened Atlético Rafaela did well to frustrate their hosts for the most part but could do nothing about Guillermo Acosta’s stunning winner. The midfielder’s fierce strike from 30 yards left Lucas Hoyos rooted to the spot as it whistled into the top corner. Juan Manuel Azconzábal’s side had Fernando Zampedri sent off late on but held on for all three points.
Atlético Tucumán 1 – 0 Atlético de Rafaela
San Lorenzo 2 – 2 San Martín