Two recent signings sealed a dramatic late win for Estudiantes in La Plata after it had appeared for much of the game that Arsenal would be leaving with a surprise three points.
Humberto Grondona’s relegation threatened side should already have been ahead after Leonardo Rolón managed to miss the target from three yards out but soon after took the lead thanks to a close range finish from youngster Rodrigo Contreras.
Gustavo Matosas’ side were heading for a damaging opening Superliga defeat until Lucas Melano headed in from close range with ten minutes remaining.
Young Ecuadorian Christian Alemán looks to be an excellent addition from his immediate impact in La Plata and after having a crucial role in the build-up to Melano’s equaliser, the 21-year-old’s turning, half-volley won it in the 87th minute.
Earlier in Rosario, Newell’s Old Boys avoided the added disappointment of defeat in their opening fixture thanks to Mauro Guevgeozián’s 73rd minute penalty.
It’s been a tough close season for La Lepra and Unión looked to take full advantage at the Estadio Marcelo Bielsa. New signing Diego Zabala gave the visitors a deserved lead shortly after half time, skipping past a number of challenges in the penalty area to slot the ball into the net but when the referee spotted a holding infringement in the penalty area, Guevgeozián could save a point.
Estudiantes 2 – 1 Arsenal
Newell’s Old Boys 1 – 1 Unión