Lanús were Transición champions in 2016 and are still in this year’s Copa Libertadores but made a nightmare start to the Superliga on Saturday evening, losing 5-2 to Talleres in Córdoba.
After a goalless first half in which Lanús hit the woodwork twice, the floodgates opened after the break and Jorge Almirón will be furious with some of the individual errors that cost his side.
New signing Junior Arias put La T ahead early in the second half, following in Jonathan Menéndez’s shot that had come back off the post but a Román Martínez header almost immediately brought Lanús back level.
However, a careless challenge from Diego Braghieri gifted Talleres a penalty, despite claims that the foul occurred outside the box, and Sebastián Palacios reestablished the lead. If Braghieri’s defending was careless, Nicolás Pasquini’s wayward backpass that presented the third was laughable. Fernando Monetti managed to scramble the ball off the line to save Pasquini the embarrassment of an own-goal but Palacios was unforgiving.
Menéndez added a superb fourth, skipping past Alejandro Silva before rounding Monetti and sliding the ball in and although Germán Denis pulled a goal back for Lanús, Boca Juniors loanee Marcelo Torres scored the fifth on his Talleres debut.
An outstanding start for Talleres, who remain an exciting side to watch this season, but cause for concern for Lanús.
A little later in Avellaneda and Independiente provided supporters with reason to cheer after a limp display in the Copa Sudamericana in midweek. Having struggled in the absence of Emiliano Rigoni against Atlético Tucumán on Tuesday, Ariel Holan put his faith in Martín Benítez and was rewarded with a man of the match performance from the 23-year-old.
Relegation threatened Huracán were the visitors and despite being second best from kickoff, took the lead when Ramón Wanchope Ábila marked his return to the club with a goal.
Independiente, who have struggled for goals at home, struck back immediately when Benítez scored from close range and it remained like that until the hour mark when El Rojo countered at speed for Leandro Fernández to slot in a second.
Benítez wrapped up the points in the 78th minute, leading another break from his own half before exchanging passes with Fernández and beating Marcos Díaz in the Huracán goal.
The news that captain Nicolás Tagliafico could be leaving the club comes as a blow at this early stage of the season but Ariel Holan’s side did at least demonstrate that there is life after Rigoni and the arrivals of Colombian Leonadro Castro and Boca youngster Nazareno Solis will serve as a boost.