San Martín peg back River, Racing held by Defensa y Justicia & Belgrano unable to breakdown Olimpo (VIDEO)


The Primera División is still settling after three weekends and it remains quite difficult to ascertain just how well certain teams are doing. River Plate had appeared to have something of their swagger back with their opening two wins but showed a fragility on Sunday afternoon in their 1-1 draw with San Martín in the Monumental.

A first half of relatively few clear chances was punctuated by one moment of genuine class when Nacho Fernández floated a ball over the top of the San Martín defence and the in-demand Lucas Alario superbly steered a header back across goal and inside Luis Ardente’s far post.

However, the home side fell away after half time and it was difficult to begrudge El Verdinegro their equaliser when Gustavo Villarruel turned in Ezequiel Montagna’s low cross. Ivan Alonso almost won it for River after seeing his chip come back off the crossbar but Jonathan Maidana got away with a handball at the other end so perhaps a share of the points was a fair result.

Similarly in Avellaneda, Racing were guilty of tailing off in their clash with Defensa y Justicia and ultimately will be grateful to at least have a point following a decent response from the visitors.

Sergio Vittor headed Racing in front after quarter of an hour and La Academia looked firmly in control but as long as the lead remained only at one, Ariel Holán’s side were a threat. The visitors’ confidence continued to grow and it was no real surprise when Andrés Ríos volleyed them level after a corner was flicked to the back post by Mariano Bareiro.

Both sides had chances to win it but it ended in a second home draw for Racing and a valuable point for El Halcón on the road.

Earlier in Córdoba, Belgrano were unable to follow up their impressive Copa Sudamericana win over Estudiantes and were instead frustrated by a disciplined Olimpo side. The visitors happy to play for a point and El Pirata below strength after Thursday night contributed to a rather dull goalless draw.

Belgrano  0 – 0  Olimpo

River Plate  1 – 1  San Martín

Racing Club  1 – 1  Defensa y Justicia

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