Darren Paul (@AuedsTouch) returns with an update on the exciting Nacional B…
Guillermo Brown kept in touching distance with league leaders Argentinos Junior with a last minute headed winner from Ruben Ramirez over Crucero Del Norte in game week 35 of the Argentine Primera B nacional.
Argentinos maintained their five point lead with a 1-0 win away to Central Cordoba in a fiery encounter with three red cards, two going to their hosts. In form Francisco Fydriszewski netting a first half winner to retain top spot.
Third place Nueva Chicago are six points off second after a 2-0 away win at Boca Unidos, despite being down to ten men and being thoroughly outplayed in the second half. A counter attacking goal Alejandro Aranda settled the tie on the 90th minute to double the advantage following a 45th minute opener by Alejandro Melo, in a tough game for the Buenos Aires club.
Fourth and Fifth met this weekend and it was honours even 0-0 as Chacarita keep their three-point advantage over Ferro and keep their very slim promotion hopes just about alive with 11 games left to play. The draw all but ends Ferro’s bid for promotion for another year.
7th placed Almagro tied Instituto on points this weekend as they came away with a 2-0 home win over the 6th placed outfit. Despite having the man advantage Instituto were unable to keep the hosts at bay, with Adrian Iglesias scoring a wonderful solo strike in time added on to seal the win. All Boys took a second straight loss, this week at home to San Martin de Tucuman 2-0. Two goals either side of halftime settled the win for San Martin who are having a solid season, in the top 10 of the table.
Estudiantes de San Luis have continued their excellent recent form picking up their fourth straight win with a last minute winner away to Brown de Adrogue, to secure their spot comfortably in mid table and escape any potential of relegation. Israel Roldan scored the winner in time added on against the ten men of Brown, volleying his rebounded free kick home from 25 yards out, in a contender for goal of the round.
In the other mid table match up Deportivo Santamarina picked up a home win against Los Andes, 2-1 on Sunday thanks to a pair of penalties from Martin Michel, the second coming in the 90th minute. Julian Vivas got one back moments later for Los Andes but it was too little too late as they collected their 11th loss of the season.
Atletico Parana remain rooted to the bottom of the table with 34 games played, but picked up a vital home win over Douglas Haig with Pablo Vercellino scoring the winning goal in just the 5th minute of the game. Atletico join Crucero del Norte on 30 points, but 8 points from safety. In 19th spot is Juventud Unida, who were hammered 4-1 away to Flandria, with the hosts bagging three goals in 25 minutes in the second half. Juventud remain two points clear of the drop above Boca Unidos in 20th.
The view from the top
Argentinos Juniors have had an excellent season in the first 34 rounds and are clear favourites to maintain and win the league, they are 11 points clear of Nueva Chicago in third place with three more wins and five fewer losses. Nueva Chicago could still catch Guillermo Brown, who left it late against 22nd placed Nueva Chicago, but Chicago do not look at all convincing, and Sunday’s win was just their first in their last 5, whereas Guillermo Brown have picked up three from five, with just one loss.
The fight for survival
Down at the bottom the gap is close, with Crucero del Norte, Villa Dalmine and Boca Unidos all with a game in hand over bottom placed Atletico Parana and 19th spot Juventud Unida, with 11 games to play. Parana and Crucero look all but doomed, despite there being 30 and 33 points still on offer. Neither side have scored nearly enough goals, however Crucero are a stingy defensive side
The highlights from game week 36 are a tough test for Guillermo Brown as they head to in form Estudiantes de San Luis, Atletico Parana head to Villa Dalmine in a big clash at the bottom and Argentinos host Boca Unidos, with the visitors hoping for an upset to take them out of the drop zone.
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.