Rosario Central had been waiting for Marco Ruben to rediscover his goalscoring touch and on Saturday afternoon, Arsenal were the unfortunate visitors when the 29-year-old did just that. Undoubtedly aided by Jonathan Botinelli’s early sending off, El Canalla ran riot in the Gigante de Arroyito and after struggling for goals previously stuck five past the hapless visitors.
It was the 150th appearance for Central for Marco Ruben and the centre forward couldn’t have asked for a better start when he slotted home from the penalty spot after only nine minutes.
Jonathan Bottinelli, who had given away the early penalty, made Arsenal’s task all the more complicated five minutes before the break when he earned the 14th red card of his career, when complaining to referee Néstor Pitana and it allowed Central to dominate the remainder.
Washington Camacho doubled the lead thanks to a wickedly deflected shot that looped over Fernando Pellegrino and José Luis Fernández made it three with a second spot kick of the game. Ruben added a fourth when he swept in a swift counter attack and Camacho volleyed his second to complete the rout.
In Mar del Plata, Aldosivi ensured that Talleres’ wait for a first win back in the top flight goes on thanks to a Sebastián Penco brace. The experienced centre forward put the home side in front from the penalty spot and shortly after the break was left in acres of space to nod in Joel Acosta’s cross. Leonardo Gil pulled a goal back for the visitors with a superb free-kick but it was to no avail.
Newell’s Old Boys’ unbeaten start to the season continued in Temperley but despite Ignacio Scocco almost snatching all three points in the closing stages, El Gasolero had the better chances over the 90 minutes. Neither side could find the decisive goal and while the goalless draw is a decent enough result for La Lepra, it does little to help Temperley in their relegation fight.
Rosario Central 5 – 0 Arsenal de Sarandí
Aldosivi 2 – 1 Talleres
Temperley 0 – 0 Newell’s Old Boys