It’s early days for Sebastián Beccacece at Defensa y Justicia but his appointment is certainly going to leave supporters feeling a little happier over Christmas after a second win in three games has slight eased relegation fears. Monday’s 2-0 victory over Arsenal was thoroughly deserved and the visitors will be somewhat envious given that their managerial switch to Lucas Bernardi four games ago is yet to yield a first league win of the season.
After a goalless first half, Beccacece introduced the experience of Gonzalo Castellani and Jonás Gutiérrez and on the hour mark, the former created the opening goal. Castellani’s clipped pass found Nicolás Stefanelli completely unmarked and while the absent Arsenal defence stood around, arms aloft waiting for an offside that never came, the striker thumped the ball past Pablo Santillo.
Having conceded two very late goals to lose to Patronato on Beccacece’s debut, Defensa y Justicia were cautious but there was to be no repeat of that misfortune and instead Stefanelli rifled in a second in stoppage time.
El Halcón have a little breathing space now away from the drop zone but Arsenal continue to be dragged in. Sunday’s home match with Vélez is of huge importance, not only as the visitors will be another direct rival but another defeat or draw and Arsenal would be at the half way point of the season still yet to win three points.
Defensa y Justicia 2 – 0 Arsenal