Caruso Lombardi is beginning to feel the heat as Tigre manager after his side’s winless start to the Superliga continued on Friday with a 3-1 defeat to Patronato.
The outspoken coach was furious with the officials for disallowing a second half goal but was equally frustrated with his side’s inability to convert chances. For the second successive home match, Tigre conceded three and with only a point on the board have reason to be concerned.
After failing to find a way past Sebastián Bértoli in the early stages, Tigre were undone by an overhit freekick by Martín Rivero that goalkeeper Federico Crivelli badly misjudged. However, Lombardi’s boys were level on the stroke of half time as Juan Carlos Blengio poked in from close range.
Adrián Balboa headed Patronato back in front on the hour mark but the game’s moment of controversy came when an incorrect offside decision robbed Tigre of a second equaliser.
The home side poured forward to salvage a point but with Crivelli up for a corner, Patronato broke and River rolled in his second.
Later in Santa Fe, Estudiantes picked up a decent point after holding Colón to a goalless draw.
Lucas Melano rattled the crossbar for the visitors in the first half but it was Colón who dominated the game and looked the far more likely winners. Cristian Guanca was a constant threat but he nor the dangerous Nicolás Leguizamón could find a way past Mariano Andújar.