Nelson Vivas’ Estudiantes weren’t a million miles away from the Transición title and despite a shaky opening 45 minutes on Sunday afternoon, El Pincha romped to victory against Tigre in Victoria. The home side had looked the more threatening for much of the opening exchanges and Diego Morales rattled the frame of the goal with a free kick but on the stroke of half time, debutant Ignacio Bailone poked Estudiantes in front.
Pedro Troglio would have hoped his Tigre side would be the one to come out strong after the break but instead it was the visitors that doubled the lead. Bailone’s low cross found youngster Lucas Rodríguez and the academy product deftly skipped around Adrián Gabbarini to add a second. Israel Damonte rifled in a third with over 20 minutes remaining with Bailone again in the role of provider but Troglio will be angered by the manner in which his side appeared to roll over.
In the Estadio Centenario Dr. José Luis Meiszner, Newell’s Old Boys made a winning start to the season thanks to Ignacio Scocco’s late penalty. Despite being down to ten men following Diego Mateo’s earlier sending off, Scocco rolled back the years with a forceful run into the penalty area inviting the clumsy challenge of Facundo Coria. With five minutes remaining Scocco smashed home the resulting spot kick and ensured that Diego Osella’s boys would have three points on the board.
Tigre 0 – 3 Estudiantes
Quilmes 0 – 1 Newell’s Old Boys