If you had to guess at the start of the season which Rosario club would have a 100% record after two matches it would’ve been Rosario Central but on Sunday afternoon, Eduardo Coudet’s title hopefuls fell to defeat away to Vélez while a rejuvenated Newell’s Old Boys saw off the challenge of Tigre to earn a second win of the campaign.
Following the narrow victory away to Quilmes, Newell’s welcomed Tigre to the Estadio Marcelo Bielsa and the supporters gave a response to Lionel Messi’s recent statement that he intends to finish his career back at his boyhood club.
“Messi: Your dreams are our hopes. Newell’s support you and are waiting for you”
Just as they had to two weeks ago, La Lepra needed to ride their luck and were indebted to goalkeeper Luciano Pocrnjic after he saved Diego Morales’ first half penalty but with 15 minutes remaining the home side snatched victory.
Eugenio Isnaldo’s low cross caused confusion in the Tigre six-yard box and former Blackburn Rovers midfielder Mauro Formica poked the ball into the empty net.
Shortly after in Liniers, Vélez Sarsfield stunned a well below-par Central to recover from their defeat to Gimnasia on the opening weekend. Mariano Pavone proved to be the difference with the veteran striker pouncing on a rebound after seven minutes before adding a second immediately after half time.
Central’s young full back Víctor Salazar was shown a red card for a rash challenge shortly after and any hopes of a fight back disappeared.
Vélez remain in relegation danger but after the manner of their defeat two weeks ago a result like this was desperately needed.
Newell’s Old Boys 1 – 0 Tigre
Vélez Sarsfield 2 – 0 Rosario Central