Darren Paul (@AuedsTouch) returns with an update on the exciting Nacional B…
Nueva Chicago have closed the gap on Argentinos Juniors at the top of the Argentine Primera B Nacional to seven points after their 2-0 win over Guillermo Brown as Argentinos could only draw with mid-table Brown de Adrogue, who Nueva were able to beat last week.
Chicago’s win extends their winning streak to four games as they leapfrog the out of form Guillermo Brown into second place. The Verdinegros left it late against ten-man Guillermo Brown, as smartly finished goals from Christian Gómez in the 80th minute and Alejandro Melo in the 90th, followed Sergio Sánchez’s 19th-minute red card for the visitors.
Argentinos Juniors were dominant, but lacked the cutting edge to get the win on Sunday and will hope for a better result when they face Guillermo Brown next weekend.
Fourth placed Chacarita Juniors were dominant in a 4-1 win over freefalling Villa Dalmine. Chacarita are one point behind second placed Nueva, with inferior goal difference and the three-goal swing will do their promotion bid wonders as the season continues.
Dalmine had taken a lead into half-time thanks to Paraguayan Angel Alonso’s 20th-minute opener, capitalising on a defensive mix up. Villa Dalmine were in the game until Federico Recalde was given his marching orders for a second bookable offense.
Chacarita were level on 53 minutes with a well struck Rodrigo Salinas penalty and the lead was doubled eight minutes later as Nicolas Oroz curled a first time effort from the edge of the area into the bottom corner. Salinas had his second goal in the 85th minute with a low shot from distance somehow got past Fernando Otarola in the Dalmine goal. The fourth and final goal was another remarkable strike this time from Jonathan Rodriguez who collected the ball with his back to goal, turned a fired a shot into the corner from the edge of the area.
Fifth placed Ferro could only draw away to Los Andes 1-1 to remain rooted to fourth place, five points off automatic promotion, but continuing good, if inconsistent form. Ferro took a 37th minute lead with a goal from Gonzalo Castillejos and held the lead until a 90th minute dagger from Matias Linas ended their hopes at putting a dent the advantage of the teams above them. The draw took Los Andes into 8th place, nine points off second place, keeping their slim promotion hopes alive.
Down at the bottom of the table Atletico Paraná will travel to 7th placed Instituto on Tuesday needing nothing short of a miracle to end their run of four losses, but even a win will leave them rooted to the bottom of the table.
Crucero del Norte emphatically pulled off their best result of the season so far with a 3-0 win over Estudiantes de San Luis. Delio Ojeda kicked off the scoring for the home side on 12 minutes to take a 1-0 lead in at the half. Nicolas Castro doubled their lead from the spot after 72 minutes and Nicolas Castro completed the win on the 90th minute to consign Estudiantes to their third defeat in five matches.
Boca Unidos recorded their third straight draw 1-1 away at Deportivo Santamarina as they jump up to 20th position in the league. Boca Unidos conceded thanks to a 68th minute penalty by Jonathan Chávez but levelled just four minutes later thanks to Osmar Ferreyra to enhance their chances of survival but still remain in the relegation places two points off safety.
The mid-table clash between San Martin de Tucuman and Douglas Haig was full of drama as the hosts lead frogged Douglas Haig after their 3-1 win. Fortune certainly favoured San Martin as Franco Coria scored an own goal on 26 minutes to give the hosts the lead. Sebastian Grazzini levelled from the spot 11 minutes later but favour was once against back with the hosts as Guillermo Pereira received his marching order on the stroke of an hour. Matias Garcia game Tucuman the lead on the 74th minute and Ramon Lentini completed the win with two minute to go with a penalty of his own.
Gimnasia de Jujuy and All Boys drew 0-0. Leaving them both on 38 points, realistic chances of promotion probably beyond them barring an incredible run of form. Jujuy are winless in their last two fixtures following an excellent run of wins, whereas All Boys’ form has been inconsistent.
Flandria pulled off an impressive win, 2-0, over Central Cordoba to move them 4 points above the drop zone. Despite the loss Cordoba still moved up the table to 9th ahead of Santamarina on goal difference. Juventud Unida’s run of poor form continued as they lost to promotion hopefuls 1-0 Almagro following a 6th minute goal from Nicolas Reniero. This win snaps a three game drawing streak for Almagro as they improve to just 8 points off the promotion places.
Game week 31 proves to be another exciting round of fixtures with the highlights being Crucero del Norte heading to Douglas Haig, Ferro hosting Gimnasia Jujuy and Argentinos Juniors visiting third placed Guillermo brown.
With as many as 8 teams in with a chance at automatic promotion and 6 or more looking at relegation the Argentine Primera B nacional remains one of the most exciting and closely fought leagues in the world.
Darren Paul is a UK based fan of Racing Club, most frequently found waxing lyrical about the first touch of Luciano Aued on a Saturday night. Fan of all tiers, all genders, all forms of the Argentine domestic game.