Estudiantes midfielder Rodrigo Braña probably summed it up best after the latest installment of the clásico Platense ended goalless – ‘Clásicos are always played with a fear of losing.’
The fierce rivalry between Estudiantes and Gimnasia is often a tinderbox of a match but Sunday afternoon’s encounter in El Bosque failed to ever ignite. El Pincha came into the game as the league leaders and the only side with a 100% record still intact but showed little of the attacking verve demonstrated in previous matches.
The home side perhaps had the better chances and Estudiantes may feel they should have had a first half penalty for handball but in truth there were few highlights. Gimnasia will certainly be happy not to have lost on their own patch and Estudiantes are still yet to concede a goal sitting two points clear at the top. Another Argentine clasico that will have done little to impress the neutral but that will probably suit both sides.
What the match in La Plata lacked in excitement was certainly made up for at the Estadio Florencio Sola, where Banfield came from two-down to stun San Martín.
A Mauricio Casierra and a Carlos Matheu own-goal had the visitors comfortably ahead inside quarter of an hour but El Taladro refused to let their heads drop and with Walter Erviti pulling the strings, Julio Cesar Falcioni’s side never looked out of it.
Erviti scrambled a goal back midway through the first half and shortly after the break Santiago Silva rifled in the equaliser. The momentum was well and truly with the home side and so it was little surprise when Emanuel Cecchini dashed clear to slot in the third.
Gimnasia 0 – 0 Estudiantes
Banfield 3 – 2 San Martín