Our man for the Nacional B, Darren Paul returns to provide an update on life outside the Superliga…
Monday night’s fixture was Aldosivi hosting Nueva Chicago in Mar del Plata, but really only one team turned up. Aldosivi destroyed the visitors 3-0 with Fernando Telechea bagging a hat-trick for his side on their home debut back in the second tier. Nueva Chicago didn’t look in the game from the first minute and looked happy to try and kick their opponents out the game, Aldosivi’s class was too much and Nueva Chicago fell to their second disappointing result of the season.
The weekend kicked off on Friday night with Atlético de Rafaela losing their home opener to Los Andes 1-0. Rodrigo Bogado got the game’s only goal in the 78th minute. The visitors had the better of the early running and should have been in front after five minutes but for better finishing. Both sides had great chances to score in the second half, but for a mix of poor finishing and strong keeping the scores remained tied. That was until Los Andes were awarded a free kick, dead centre, 30 yards from goal. Bogado stepped up and struck the sweetest free kick you will see curling the ball up and round the wall across the goal into the top right hand corner leaving the keeper completely stranded.
Newly promoted Riestra got their season started with a big win over fellow newbies Deportivo Morón 3-1 away. Riestra needed to get their season off a winning start as they come into the division with a 20-point penalty and this result certainly helps. Riestra took a 27th minute lead through a penalty awarded after one of Morón’s defenders fouled Riestra’s number ten. Jonathan Herrera hammered his penalty into the roof of the net and sprinted away in delight. The lead would last until the 75th minute. Javier Rossi levelled for the hosts, finishing from close range after a great spell of dominance. Parity lasted just seven minutes before Nicolas Varela restored the lead for the visitors. Varela was on the end of a good move to net into an open goal.
The game descended into farce as Morón sought an equaliser, one of their wingers drove at the Riestra goal and shot after a drop ball. This is not especially sporting behaviour but the overreaction from Riestra is already something of a trademark of theirs. Five Riestra defenders played until the shot was saved and then sprinted after the Morón striker, one of them punching or pushing him to the floor. A shoving match broke out between the two sets of players and benches and required riot police to come on and separate the two parties. Rodrigo Diaz of Morón and Gustavo Benítez of Riestra were red carded for their role in the fight. Riestra added a third goal in the 99th minute of play, Varela bagging his second with a free kick hit low around the wall to the bottom corner.
If this is what we can expect from Riestra the rest of the way I have to question why they were allowed to be promoted. They were ahead in their promotion clincher when their fans invaded, but for that to be allowed to fly, even with a 20-point ban is ludicrous, and for the Riestra players to overreact to a bit of poor sportsmanship is an embarrassment to football. This club and the AFA need to take a serious look at themselves and get a grip. What could be a very strong team at this level as holding themselves back through stupid behaviour by their players and their fans.
The other Friday fixture was Independiente Rivadavia holding San Martín de Tucumán to a 0-0 draw.
Saturday saw a trio of 1-0 home wins with Brown de Adrogue, Ferro and Quilmes all picking up the points. Brown beat Instituto thanks to a 22nd minute winner from Braian Gomez. The perfect route one goal – a long goal kick was flicked on by Gomez past the onrushing keeper in off the post and was enough to send his side to second in the table.
Ferro left it until practically the last kick of the game, Osvaldo Barsottini stabbing the ball past the Almagro keeper after his defenders failed to deal with a long free kick. Earlier in the match Kevin Itabel and Saul Nelle had been sent of for Ferro and Almagro respectively. In the 66th minute of a physical encounter a Ferro player put in a very robust challenge on an Almagro midfielder. Itabel was stood behind the Almagro player and decided to kick him in the back whilst he was down. Nelle rushed in and appeared to strike Itabel and this sparked a chase and a small brawl and saw Itabel and Nelle receive their marching orders.
Quilmes picked up their winner in the twelfth minute over Villa Dalmine as Felipe Cadenazzi converted from the spot. The penalty looked a dubious award but the finish was anything but as Quilmes picked up their first win of the season.
Sunday’s games had more variety and goals to them. Agropecuario in their B Nacional debut took all three points away to Flandria. Mauricio Romero bagging the winner 13 minutes from full time with a side foot volley past the Flandria stopper. Excitingly for Agropecuario they are top of the Promedios classification with 3.000 points per game, having played one game.
All Boys got their first win of the season with a 1-0 scoreline over Santamarina, a tenth minute penalty from Maximilliano Salas enough to earn them the points. Boca Unidos’ relegation form continued as they were beaten at home to Gimnasia de Jujuy by a score of 2-0. Alexis Blanco left it until the 53rd minute to grab the opener before Luis Salces doubled their advantage on the 70 minute mark. Blanco’s opener was a well taken finish from a counter attack as was Salces’ goal, finishing off a quick move that left the Boca defenders stunned. Boca didn’t receive any red cards in the match, but desperately need to get some points on the board, even at this early stage.
Guillermo Brown thumped Juventud Unida 3-0 thanks in part to a brace from Fabrizio Palma and the finishing touches were added by Adrian Martinez. Palma’s opener was a well taken left footed strike from the edge of the area in the 5th minute of play and his second was a well hit strike from distance that the keeper let squirm into the bottom corner. Brown’s third goal was a sensational curled effort on the run from the right side of the area across the goal. A fabulous strike from the Captain Martinez, who will be desperate to take his side to promotion after last season’s close encounter.
Saturday’s final game was won by Mitre 1-0 over Estudiantes de San Luis, another tie this weekend settled from the spot. Gaston Bottino netting the winner in the 57th minute to give Mitre a debut win in the Argentine Primera B Nacional.
The ties to watch out for this coming weekend are San Martin de Tucuman at home against Aldosivi, Instituto hosting Ferro and the interesting clash on Monday afternoon of Nueva Chicago and All Boys.
Darren Paul is a UK based fan of Racing Club, most frequently found waxing lyrical about the first touch of Luciano Aued on a Saturday night. Fan of all tiers, all genders, all forms of the Argentine domestic game.