After three goals in each of Friday’s fixtures, the Superliga continued to produce plenty of excitement on Saturday as Defensa y Justicia and Gimnasia both came from behind twice to play out a ludicrous 4-4 draw while Colón salvaged a late draw when it looked as though Rosario Central would take the points.
The absence of any defending allowed Nicolás Ibañez to head Gimnasia into a third minute lead in Florencio Varela but the visitors proved equally charitable, allowing Ciro Rius to eventually fire in an equaliser and during a chaotic opening 45 minutes, the two sides went back and forth.
Ibañez dashed clear to reestablish the lead only for Fernando Márquez to cancel it out before a goalkeeping howler from Yair Bonnín saw Gonzalo Castellani’s weak shot squirm into the net and put Defensa y Justicia ahead for the first time. A far cry from last season when Alexander Barboza marshalled a solid defence, El Halcón surrendered that lead before the break and Lorenzo Faravelli capitalised to make it 3-3.
Márquez’s second shorlty after half time looked as though it might be enough to take all three points but six minutes from time, Franco Niell headed another equaliser and the thrilling opening weekend encounter ended 4-4.
A little later in Santa Fe, there may have been fewer goals but there was no less drama as Colón denied Rosario Central victory.
Both sides had come close and created opportunities but failed to make them count so when Washington Camacho headed El Canalla ahead in the 83rd minute it looked decisive. However, young forward Tomás Sandoval, who had only been on the pitch a minute, fired Colón level and snatched a point for Eduardo Domínguez’s side.
Defensa y Justicia 4 – 4 Gimasia
Colón 1 – 1 Rosario Central