Our man for the Nacional B, Darren Paul returns to provide an update on life outside the Superliga…
Round Three of the Argentine Second Division saw six draws and six home wins as Aldosivi kept top spot over Brown de Adrogue on goal difference.
Friday kicked off early with Riestra hosting the recently relegated Atlético de Rafaela at the Estadio Ciudad de Caseros. The game couldn’t have started better for the hosts when, after 20 minutes Jonathan Herrera gave them the lead and Riestra fans couldn’t believe their luck when Herrera doubled the advantage just three minutes into the second half.
Rafaela, who should be pushing for an immediate return to the top flight, found their way back into the tie ten minutes later with a goal from Maximiliano Casa. Three minutes later the visitors were gifted a point by Riestra as Gonzalo Klusener levelled from the spot. La Crema, who finished the game with ten men thanks to a red card for Nicolas Demattei will be frustrated not to have taken more than a point from one of the division’s’ new boys.
Friday night saw two other shock results. Villa Dálmine through goals from Ramiro López and Renso Pérez defeated Sarmiento to keep them to one point to start the season. Dálmine currently sit third in the table and in 16th position in the Promedios standings, a position they will look to improve upon.
The final game on Friday saw Boca Unidos claim their first point of the season in a one-all draw away to seventh placed Los Andes. The hosts got off to a great start on 24 minutes when Rodrigo Bogado gave them the lead. Los Andes must have thought they were on to collect their second win of the season but on the stroke of halftime Pablo Vegetti netted to level and the visitors collected a much needed point. The result keeps them in the relegation places, but every point counts if they hope to survive.
Saturday saw two draws and three home victories with Santamarina and Mitre finishing 1-1 and Estudiantes and Deportivo Móron ending goalless. The real action was seen in the Instituto-Ferro game. On paper these sides are evenly matched and fans could be forgiven for expecting a close scoreline, but instead Instituto treated their fans to a 3-1 win over their fellow playoff hopefuls to stay in sixth position. Ferro looked to be heading into half time holding their hosts goalless but two minutes into stoppage time Franco Olego scored from the spot to give his side the early edge. Guido Mainero made things even worse for Ferro ten minutes into the second half when he doubled Instituto’s advantage before Ricardo Blanco’s penalty put the game to bed. The Verdolaga did get a consolation goal from Guillermo Vernetti in the 90th minute but Ferro were soundly beaten.
Agropecuario continue to make waves in their debut season with a 2-0 win over last season’s third placed side Guillermo Brown. The hosts left it until the second half to seal the victory but goals on the 73rd and 85th minutes from Cristian Barinaga and Ezequiel Narese was enough to secure the points. Almagro had to come from behind to claim the points at home to Indepediente Rivadavia. Second half goals from Matia Ruiz Sosa and Alan Bonansea cancelled out the strike from Matias Abelairas to give them the win.
On Sunday Juventud Unida snatched a draw from Brown de Adrogue with practically the last kick of the game. Ariel Colzera’s 91st minute penalty cancelled out the 83rd minute effort of Facundo Pumpido. Aldosivi dropped points for the first time this season as they were held goalless away to San Martín de Tucumán, a tough ground for any team to visit.
The shock result of the weekend was Quilmes’ 2-0 loss at Gimnasia de Jujuy. Guido Dal Cason opened the scoring for the home side after 38 minutes before Diego Colotto made a tough afternoon much worse for the visitors when he received a straight red card in the 47th minute. Gimnasia rounded off a terrible game for Quilmes in style three minutes into stoppage time with a goal from Rodrigo Morales to pick up their first win of the year and put them in 14th place.
Monday night’s showdown was between Nueva Chicago and All Boys, two of the most frustrating teams in the division. Two sides under-performing side’s, many would have predicted a draw pregame but as it turned out this couldn’t have been further from the case as Christian Gomez opened for the hosts on the 27th minute mark. Nueva’s incredible turnaround after their last game was completed on the 79th minute when Alejandro Martinuccio gave the hosts their first win of the year as he made it 2-0. All Boys remain with one win and two losses to start the campaign and must start to pick up points to avoid a relegation scrap this year.
The highlights from round four which kicks off Friday night are Boca Unidos hosting Riestra, an interesting clash which could be one of the most open ties of the weekend. Quilmes host Los Andes on Saturday night whilst Gimnasia go to Sarmiento on Sunday night in the other highlights of the round. Villa Dalmine get the week off after their exploits last weekend.
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.