Gabi Milito insisted that squad rotation was necessary after Independiente’s Copa Sudamericana victory in the week but it took the second half substitution of one of El Rojo’s key players to rescue a point against Quilmes. Emiliano Rigoni came from the bench after Cristian García had given the home side the lead to equalise but neither side could find a winner and in truth, a point apiece was probably a fair reflection of the game.
Later in Junín, Sarmiento came from behind to claim an invaluable and deserved point against a revitalised Newell’s Old Boys side.
Diego Osella’s side had begun the season with two 1-0 victories and when Ignacio Scocco put them ahead against Sarmiento with a fabulously taken goal, a repeat didn’t look beyond the realms of possibility. However, El Verde remained a threat and shortly after half time found an equaliser thanks to a wickedly deflected Jonathan Santana shot.
Sarmiento certainly didn’t want to lose given their relegation status and for Newell’s to remain unbeaten at this early stage is a positive step.