Newell’s Old Boys responded perfectly to last weekend’s defeat to Defensa y Justicia thanks to a stunning hat-trick by Ignacio Scocco, which heaped pressure back on relegation threatened Vélez Sarsfield.
A return to form by Diego Osella’s title outsiders was all the more pronounced by Vélez’s dreadful defending and it took just eight minutes for Scocco to run unchecked onto Facundo Quignón’s through-ball, round Fabián Assmann and slot in the opening goal.
If the first was static, the second was suicidal as Lautaro Gianetti’s wayward pass allowed Eugenio Isnaldo to release Scocco again with one simple pass and the 31-year-old gratefully dispatched.
The former Sunderland striker completed his hat-trick with a powerful long range effort shorlty after half time and Newell’s were able to coast to three points. Three points behind leaders Boca for the moment could see La Lepra maintain their challenge but for Vélez it is back to the worry of relegation following last weekend’s morale-boosting win.
In Santa Fe, Colón put an end to their recent clásico woes with a 2-0 win over Unión in the Estadio 15 de Abril.
Continuing the work of Paolo Montero over the first half of the season, Colón were disciplined in defence and when the opportunities arose from set-pieces they took them. Two free kicks from the left wing undid Unión and allowed Guillermo Ortíz, shortly after the hour mark, and Luis Garnier, five minutes from full time, to head the goals.
Of course no clásico would be complete without ill-discipline and red cards and so the match ending nine v nine should of come as no real surprise.
Unión 0 – 2 Colón
Newell’s Old Boys 3 – 0 Vélez Sarsfield