After another goalless draw in midweek against Alianza Lima in the Copa Sudamericana few would have predicted Independiente to demolish Patranato in the manner in which Ariel Holan’s side did on Sunday afternoon.
Among the Primera’s lowest scorers, finding the net has been a real problem for El Rojo all season and while there were promising signs in the buildup play, three games into Holan’s tenure and Independiente were still misfiring.
In a rain-soaked Paraná, things finally fell into place for El Rojo with Walter Erviti pulling strings and Emiliano Rigoni and Ezequiel Barco leading the counter.
Erviti and Rigoni combined after only three minutes to give the visitors the lead with the former quickly releasing the rapid Rigoni, who dashed clear of two defenders to exquisitely clip the ball of Sebastián Bértoli.
Another counter before half time saw Rigoni play in Barco and the youngster cut back onto his right foot to place the ball into the bottom corner.
Patronato couldn’t find a way back into the game and should have seen two red cards as frustration boiled over but Independiente continued to pick the hosts apart. Barco fed Emanuel Gigliotti and the centre forward rolled the ball into the path of Rigoni for a simple third before Diego Rodríguez smashed in the fourth from 25 yards.
Lucas Albertengo, who hasn’t scored since 2015 after a series of injuries, slotted in number five late on to wrap up what was a remarkable victory for Independiente. El Rojo have the best away record in the top flight, where they are able to enjoy far greater success on the counter, but Ariel Holan must now bring this back to Avellaneda.
Earlier in the Estadio Florencio Sola, Banfield responded to last weekend’s clásico defeat with a 2-0 win over struggling Belgrano.
Sebastián Méndez was making his debut as the visitors’ manager but saw his side fall behind early when Darío Cvitanich volleyed in Alexis Soto’s cross from the left.
Belgrano have only won twice all season so Mendez will know the task ahead of him but his job was made all the more difficult when Cristian Romero turned his back on a cross into the penalty area in an effort to allow goalkeeper Lucas Acosta to claim and in the process allowed the ball to bounce off the back of his head and into the net.
There will be few worse own goals this season but the two-goal deficit left goal shy Belgrano with too much to do and Banfield held on for another three points at home.