There was far more than the usual bragging rights available from Sunday’s Clásico Rosarino for Newell’s Old Boys but a lacklustre performance from Diego Osella’s side resulted in Rosario Central earning a deserved 3-1 victory and La Lepra’s title challenge taking a severe blow.
After the defeat to Independiente in the Estadio Marcelo Bielsa, Newell’s needed a response but instead fell behind early when Juan Sills was caught in possession allowing Central to quickly move the ball forward before Federico Carrizo fired into the bottom corner.
There was little reaction from the home side and Osella will be have been furious with the manner in which his side fell further behind. A Central corner was rolled to Gustavo Colman on the corner of the penalty area and with all the time in the world, the midfielder clipped the ball to the far post where Marco Ruben powered a header past Luciano Pocrnjic.
There second half surely promised a response from La Lepra but Newell’s remained sluggish and it was only after José Leguizamón was sent off and Mauro Formica pulled one back in the 88th minute that salvaging a point looked possible.
However, that optimism lasted only a minute when substitute Germán Herrera latched onto a long clearance down field to smash the ball into the net and ensure victory for Central. Incidents in the stands and objects being thrown to the pitch prompted referee Federico Beligoy to blow for full time prematurely but there was little argument that Newell’s had failed to show their best.
A little earlier in the Clásico Santafesino and although Colón’s unbeaten run remained intact, Unión frustrated their hosts to earn a point from the Estadio Brigadier General Estanislao López.
An unfortunate Germán Conti own-goal gave the visitors the lead midway through the first half and despite Colón enjoying the majority of possession and chances it took a Diego Vera penalty on the hour mark to draw level.