Given the troubles that have plagued the club over the past few months and the underwhelming start to the Superliga season, Newell’s Old Boys were in desperate need of three points. Relegation threatened Olimpo were the visitors to the Estadio Marcelo Bielsa and thanks to goals from Luis Leal and Joaquín Torres, La Lepra earned the much needed win.
Newell’s had created the better chances but with the game still goalless midway through the second half there was an understandable anxiety throughout the stadium. However, that was lifted in the 70th minute when recent signing Luis Leal stayed onside to slip the ball past Adrián Gabbarini.
Impressive youngster Joaquín Torres wrapped up the points five minutes later when a deflection on his long range effort made it loop wickedly into the net.
Earlier in Florencio Varela, Unión went top of the table with a 3-1 win over Defensa y Justicia. El Halcón, badly missing the defensive leadership of River Plate’s Alexander Barboza, were two-down after 23 minutes when the in-form Franco Soldano and Lucas Gamba struck.
Ciro Rius swiftly pulled a goal back but Soldano rifled in his second of the game after the break to ensure El Tatangue would be leaving with the points. The 23-year-old centre forward has started the season in fine form and his three goals in three games have fired Unión to a surprising league position.
Elsewhere, Argentinos Juniors slumped to a second consecutive defeat despite once again taking an early lead. Nicolás González slotted Los Bichos ahead but just as they did last weekend against Patronato, Alfredo Berti’s side limply surrendered the advantage.
Belgrano had already struck the woodwork in their search of an equaliser but soon after hit the home side on the break and Epifanio García emphatically finished past Maxi Cavallotti.
Argentinos were enjoying the majority of possession but failed to create clear chances and shortly after the break Cristian Lema put Belgrano ahead, heading in from a corner.
With two wins from three matches, Belgrano already look to be having an improved campaign from last season but there is cause for concern for Argentinos Juniors, who will need to start picking up points to avoid an immediate return to the Nacional B.
Defensa y Justicia 1 – 3 Unión
Argentinos Juniors 1 – 2 Belgrano
Newell’s Old Boys 2 – 0 Olimpo