Friendly season might be going on longer than expected due to the delayed league start but it didn’t prevent Independiente and Temperley adding a little bit of controversy to their clash in Avellaneda on Friday.
Lucas Vázquez’s opener for Temperley had been cancelled out by Independiente youngster Gastón Togni and with the game heading for a 1-1 draw, Argentina under-20 international Ezequiel Barco popped up with a late winner.
However, with Temperley claiming a foul in the build up an argument broke out among all the players and in order to cool things down the referee decided to call time.
— C. A. Independiente (@Independiente) February 17, 2017
The result was that Independiente claimed a 2-1 victory and Temperley held a 1-1 draw had been suspended by the officials.
— Club A. Temperley (@TemperleyOK) February 17, 2017
Ultimately the match is just for fitness and to prepare for the restart of the season so it doesn’t really matter.
In the later second XI match, Independiente won 4-2 with striker Lucas Albertengo scoring all four goals. The 26-year-old missed almost all of 2016 with a serious knee injury but had proved a prolific scorer prior to that so new Independiente manager Ariel Holan will be hoping this could be the beginning of Albertengo rediscovering his touch.