It’s been fifteen years since the last Clásico Córdobes and while the atmosphere in the Estadio Mario Kempes was electric, neither Belgrano nor Talleres could take the local bragging rights.
Despite only gaining promotion to the top flight last year, Talleres have certainly been enjoying the better season but found a Belgrano side that have won only twice and are the league’s lowest scorers, a difficult proposition.
Despite not being able to take control, La T were able to pose a threat on the counter thanks to the pace of Sebastián Palacios and Jonathan Menéndez and just after the hour mark, the latter finished off a swift break to open the scoring.
However, the lead didn’t last long and after a scramble in the Talleres six-yard box, Guillermo Farré eventually bundled the ball over the line.
Neither side could find a winner, which was probably fair but unfortunately an ugly incident in the stands which left one supporter seriously injured has dominated the headlines.
At 11am, due to an event later in Rosario forcing the match to be played at this hour for security reasons, Newell’s Old Boys hosted Estudiantes. Supporters turned out in force but both sides were perhaps still a little sleepy and were unable to find the goal which would have sealed an important three points.
The goalless draw is of no use to either side and could see Boca Juniors open up a six-point lead at the top of the table by the end of the weekend.
In Avellaneda, Independiente were hoping to build on their 5-0 win last weekend but instead Ariel Holan’s side were left frustrated after reverting to earlier form and only managing a 1-1 draw against Atlético de Rafaela.
El Rojo had dominated much of the match but found themselves behind just after half time when Ángelo Martino headed past Martín Campaña.
The lead lasted only minutes with Emanuel Gigliotti scoring his first for Independiente since joining in the summer but despite pushing, the home side could not find a winner.
El Rojo have the best away record in the top flight but Ariel Holan’s big test is finding a way to win at the Estatio Libertadores de América, where visitors are finding it all too easy to sit deep and deny the home side.