Arsenal remain winless and bottom of the table but managed to upset River Plate on Sunday evening after capitalising on young Gonzalo Montiel’s red card to come back from two-down and salvage a point.
River had appeared in complete command when Gonzalo Martínez put the visitors 2-0 up shortly after half time with a superb solo run and measured lob. The Primera’s leading scorer Sebastián Driussi had already given Marcelo Gallardo’s side a first half lead and it was impossible to see a way back for such a hopeless Arsenal side.
However, the momentum turned immediately after Martínez’s wondergoal when 19-year-old central defender Gonzalo Montiel was shown a second yellow card. The academy product’s inclusion was already an indication that River were down to the bare bones in defence and down to ten, Arsenal spied an opportunity to capitalise.
Sergio Rondina’s side immediately went on the attack and after mounting pressure eventually pulled a goal back through Joaquin Boghossian. River needed to steady the ship but within minutes, Jonathan Bottinelli volleyed an equaliser against his old side.
Neither side could find a winner but certainly Marcelo Gallardo will have been the more frustrated after not only squandering a two-goal lead and losing ground at the top of the table but Montiel’s forthcoming suspension only adding to his defensive headaches.
A little earlier in Santa Fe and Atlético de Rafaela’s bid for survival suffered a major setback after La Crema slumped to a home defeat against Colón. The visitors came into this after two consecutive defeats had somewhat derailed their excellent start but took their chances to inflict a heavy blow to a relegation rival. The impressive Germán Conti headed Paolo Montero’s side ahead and despite Atlético looking for a way back in, it was 17-year-old Tomás Sandoval who wrapped up the points for El Sabalero with a close range finish.
Atlético de Rafaela 0 – 2 Colón
Arsenal de Sarandí 2 – 2 River Plate