It may only be round two but there is little doubt that Temperley’s visit to the Nuevo Monumental to face Atlético de Rafaela was a relegation six-pointer. Both sides are almost certainly going to be in the mix come May with four sides to drop so victory was crucial and Fernando Luna’s free kick after 20 minutes proved to be the difference.
Questions have to be asked of Matías Ibáñez in the Temperley goal who was a static figure as the ball curled inside the post he was covering but credit to Luna. There was little else between the two sides but La Crema held on for all three points.
Earlier in Sarandí, there was little sign of the defensively resolute Arsenal side that did so well in the Transición and the result was a somewhat rare but comfortable away win for Atlético Tucumán. El Decano were the surprise package of the Transición but their 100% start to the new season is no longer looking like a shock.
Cristián Menéndez continued his fine Transición form by heading the visitors in front just before the half hour mark and soon after doubled the lead from the penalty spot.
Arsenal needed a route back into the game and two minutes after half time they got that when Jonathan Botinelli pulled a goal back with a fine header. And the hosts luck didn’t end there – five minutes later Menéndez had the chance for a hat-trick with a second penalty but his effort on this occasion was saved by Fernando Pellegrino.
Ten minutes from time and Guillermo Acosta wrapped up victory with a deflected effort to ensure that El Decano would join the other five sides at the top of the table to have won both league matches so far.
Arsenal de Sarandí 1 – 3 Atlético Tucumán
Atlético de Rafaela 1 – 0 Temperley