The Superliga kicked off on Friday evening and while Banfield maintaining their fine home form of last season with victory over Belgrano was little surprise, the manner of Vélez Sarsfield’s 3-0 win away to Tigre was a little unexpected.
In the thick of a relegation battle this season, Vélez were supposed to struggle against a Tigre side, who had been busy in the transfer market and had looked difficult to beat under Caruso Lombardi at the tail-end of last season.
However, after a goalless first half, three moments of genuine quality produced three outstanding goals and provided Omar de Felippe with an early boost.
Two of Vélez’s talented academy products combined to prove the difference as 20-year-old Matías Vargas’ vision and passing was complemented by the lethal finishing of 18-year-old Maxi Romero for two of the goals.
A lofted pass over the top of the Tigre defence was volleyed in by Romero for the opener and shortly after Vargas was again instrumental, spraying the ball out to Gastón Díaz, whose wonderful cross was nodded in by Federico Andrada.
Fifteen minutes from time and Vélez wrapped up the points as Vargas drew three defenders to him before slipping a delicate reverse pass into the path of Romero, who smashed the ball past Julio Chiarini.
It’s early days but Vélez certainly didn’t have the look of a side on the verge of relegation.
A little later in the Estadio Florencio Sola, Banfield enjoyed a 2-1 win over Belgrano thanks to two goals in two first half minutes.
Gonzalo Bettini headed in the opening goal and as Belgrano were still coming to terms with falling behind, Nicolás Bertolo was tripped in the penalty area allowing Darío Cvitanich to slot in a second from the spot.
Belgrano had Tomás Guidara sent off ten minutes from time but did manage to pull a goal back through Cristian Lema. However, it proved to be nothing more than a consolation and El Taladro celebrated their first three points of the Superliga.
Tigre 0 – 3 Vélez Sarsfield
Banfield 2 – 1 Belgrano