Nacional B review: Argentinos Juniors stretch their lead as Guillermo Brown stutter


Darren Paul (@AuedsTouch) returns with an update on the exciting Nacional B…

Argentinos Juniors extended their lead at the top of the Argentine Primera B with a commanding 3-0 win over lowly Boca Unidos at home. The league leaders had a dream start as they took the lead after just five minutes when Damián Batallini headed the opener at the back post. Boca Unidos limited the hosts advantage until the 48th minute before Nicolás González doubled the advantage with a tap in after great play down the Argentinos left flank. The points were secured six minutes later when Javier Cabrera capitalised on a defensive breakdown to round off the scoring up close.

The win sees Argentinos Juniors comfortable at the top of the table nine points ahead of Guillermo Brown who could only draw away to Estudiantes de San Luis. Guillermo Brown face struggling Douglas Haig on Saturday (10th June) who lost to Brown de Adrogue 2-1 in a game that left it late to get going. Juan Olivares and Juan García gave Brown a two-goal lead with their goals in the 70th and 77th minutes, and despite a fightback from Douglas Haig and a consolation goal from Jorge Cordoba with five minutes to go Douglas Haig remain in deep relegation trouble.

Chacarita Juniors leap frogged Nueva Chicago into third place, and now sit just two points behind Guillermo Brown in the race for promotion after a big 3-0 win over Almagro. After just seven minutes Augustin Modula scored a contender for goal of the season with a spectacular volley that looped over Limousin in the Almagro goal from all of 30 yards out. The advantage was doubled after 54 minutes, Matias Rodriguez tearing the Almagro defence apart before finishing neatly. Ten minutes later the scoring was complete, Rodrigo Salinas with a nice left footed finish to send Chacarita up the table.

Nueva Chicago dropped three points at home to an 80th minute winner from Independiente Rivadavia, falling even further behind second place. Independiente’s winner struck by Ignacio Iraneta, capitalising on a through ball that split the defenders and saw his side get their second straight win and jump into ninth spot.

Ferro and Instituto both pick up wins this weekend, but remain sat in fifth and sixth spot respectively. Ferro picked up an away win against San Martín de Tucumán, with a 39th minute goal from Jonathan Bay. Instituto won a nail biter at home to mid table Central Córdoba, 3-2. The hosts took a 37th minute lead from a Gustavo Gotti header. Central levelled on the stroke of halftime as Matias Zbrun flicked on a header from close range, to make it 1-1. Victor López restored the lead on 69 minutes, before once again Central dragging the score back to 2-2 with a Diego Diellos stabbed finish at the far post. Matias Nizzo found space in the area to head the home side’s winner in injury time, to pick up their third win in five matches.

In the relegation places Villa Dalmine claimed a huge win over bottom placed Atlético Paraná and are now just two points from safety in 19th position. Two first half goals, the opener from Ezequiel Cerica on 19 minutes and from Pablo Burzio on the 42nd minute was all it took, as Paraná lose their third game in five matches, suffered a 90th minute red card to Facundo Quiroga.

Second bottom Crucero del Norte drew at home against All Boys for their third draw in five games, but still trail Boca Unidos by five points and are seven points from safety. Deportivo Santamarina, who sit in relative safety, seven points above the drop zone were beaten at home to Gimnasia de Jujuy a fifth minute Luis Vila goal enough to make the difference. The mid table clash between Los Andes and Flandria ended in a one all draw Franco Costa equalising for Flandria in the 79th minute after Gabriel Tomassini had opened the scoring for Los Andes in the 32nd minute.

The highlight clashes of game week 37 are Guillermo Brown at home to Douglas Haig and Argentinos Juniors away to Independiente Rivadavia, as the top two look to secure themselves at the top of the table. At the bottom the clash to watch will be Brown de Adrogue hosting Villa Dalmine as Dalmine look for a win that could 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.

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