Paolo Montero’s Rosario Central side are usually at the very least very difficult to beat and given Banfield’s strength lies at the Estadio Florencio Sola, Sunday’s meeting appeared on paper to be a keenly contested one. However, El Taladro’s fine form of last season continued in the Gigante de Arroyito and Julio Falcioni’s side cruised to a 4-0 win.
Central started brightly and actually rattled the crossbar when Mauricio Martinez took aim from distance but it was Darío Cvitanich who gave Banfield the breakthrough, slotting in calmly after 20 minutes. The game’s decisive moment came shortly after when Nicolàs Bertolo’s apparent dive won the visitors a penalty allowing Cvitanich to double the lead.
With Central pushing forward in an attempt to salvage something, Pablo Mouche and Mauricio Sperduti added two more during the second half and a third win of the season moved Banfield up to third in the table.
Earlier in Santa Fe, Defensa y Justicia’s poor start to the campaign took another turn and following the 3-1 defeat to Colón, manager Nelson Vivas resigned only six games into his tenure.
Germán Conti headed Colón into an early lead and when Cristian Bernardi smashed in a second on the counter midway through the second half, the points looked certain. Gonzalo Castellani pulled a goal back ten minutes from time but any hope of a comeback was extinguished when Cristian Guanca scored in stoppage time.
With one win from four and the worst defence in the Superliga, Vivas resigned immediately after the game suggesting that president Jose Lemme had questioned his team selection but after such a positive run under Ariel Holan and Sebastián Beccacece, El Halcón are now back to square one.
In Bahía Blanca, Olimpo were dealt a damaging blow to their survival hopes with a third defeat from their opening four fixtures. Brahian Alemán’s perfectly struck olímpico after 26 minutes was enough to give Gimnasia a deserved and much needed victory.