Gabriel Milito was bemoaning Independiente’s activity in this transfer window but will be thrilled by his home debut as manager after El Rojo defeated Godoy Cruz 2-0 in Saturday evening.
Following the win away to Belgrano two weeks ago, which was largely played on the counter, Independiente had far more control in their opening match at the Estadio Libertadores de América and although Godoy Cruz posed a threat throughout the home side ran out deserved winners.
Diego Vera headed El Rojo in front shortly after half time from an excellent left wing cross by the impressive Nicolás Tagliafico and deep into stoppage time all three points were wrapped up. The exciting youngster Ezequiel Barco came off the bench and finished off a wonderful flowing passage of play to double the advantage and ensure the win.
In Florencio Varela, Diego Aguirre earned his first win as San Lorenzo boss with a 2-0 victory over Defensa y Justicia. The home side will be cursing their wasteful finishing after opening up El Ciclón on a number of occasions but failing to take advantage.
Following El Halcón’s resolute defensive display against Rosario Central two weeks ago Ariel Holán will be deeply disappointed with the manner in which his side conceded the opening goal. Sebastián Blanco collected an aimless punt downfield and crossed for Nicolás Blandi to head past Agustín Rossi unmarked.
After weathering something of a storm, the visitors added a second 12 minutes from time when Blanco’s cross was deflected off Tomás Cardona and into the net. An important win for San Lorenzo and now attention must turn to this week’s Copa Sudamericana clash with Banfield.
Earlier in Santa Fe, Aldosivi picked up a decent point from their trip to Unión but following Emanuel Britez’s sending off with over 20 minutes remaining El Tiburón may feel they could have taken all three points.
Unión 0 – 0 Aldosivi
Defensa y Justicia 0 – 2 San Lorenzo
Independiente 2 – 0 Godoy Cruz