Our man for the Nacional B, Darren Paul returns to provide an update on life outside the Superliga…
The Argentine Second Division had its wildest week yet in round four as several of the heavy hitters came unstuck.
Boca Unidos kicked off the round picking up their second draw in two weeks, holding the free wheeling Riestra at home. Riestra took a 13th minute lead as Gustavo Benitez’s header sneaked over the line from a corner. Riestra’s fans could be forgiven for expecting a big win over the relegation strugglers but instead witnessed one of the finest goals you’ll see all year. Full back Fabio Godoy played a great through ball that was flicked into the path of Gonzalo Rios whose turn opened up acres of space for him to finish past Morel in the Riestra goal. Another game, another point for Boca.
Independiente Rivadavia collected their first win of the season in classy fashion over tricky opponents in Instituto. The opening goal was a great finish from range after a nice run from Jose Mendes in the 7th minute. Independiente completed the win just three minutes later with a goal from Kevin Grissi, a neat cross from the left wing headed past the stranded goalkeeper to clinch all three points. Instituto suffered their second loss of the season but still stay up in 13th position.
Quilmes picked up their second win to elevate themselves to sixth position with a home victory over Los Andes. Quilmes scored the game’s only goal after 41 minutes, Miguel Caneo volleying home from close range. The game was back and forth with both sides having chances, but Quilmes just had too much for the visitors. The loss was exacerbated by the red card to Gustavo Turraca after he kicked a Quilmes player whilst he was on the ground.
Brown de Adrogue snatched top spot of the table with a 3-1 win over the rookies Agropecuario, as Aldosivi were defeated 3-1 at home by Almagro. Brown got their scoring finished in the first 25 minutes of the game and aside from an early second half penalty the game was comfortable for the hosts.
Martin Fabbro got the scoring underway inside ten minutes, utilising his incredible pace to latch onto a flicked on goal kick to prod it past Salort in the away goal. Brown were in the goals again just moments later, Marcelo Lamas striking the ball as sweetly as you could, from range into the bottom left corner. Brown’s third goal came 15 minutes later, Luciano Nieto with another well hit strike from just inside the area, curling the ball at pace around the keeper. Gonzalo Urquijo bagged the consolation goal from the penalty spot just after the restart before getting his marching orders shortly after the hour mark. Agropecuario’s dream start has come to a close but they still find themselves in 11th with two wins and a loss.
Aldosivi had the chance to keep top spot but they lost it as Almagro knocked them off 3-1 at home. Almagro could have had an early lead but Moyano saved Compagnucci’s penalty to keep the scores tied at the end of the half. Ariel Chavez got the scoring underway as he wedged a corner into the back of the net from the edge of the area ten minutes into the second half, an instinctive strike good enough to grace any game. Arnaldo Gonzalez made Aldosivi’s quest to retain top spot even harder, receiving a straight red for an off the ball foul on an Almagro defender. Matias Ruiz Sosa doubled the lead on the 77th minute finishing off a fabulous run from Pablo Vergara from close range.
Ten man Aldosivi got themselves back into the game with ten minutes to go through top scorer Fernando Telechea tapping in a poorly cleared corner from close range but Ruiz Sosa settled the tie on 90 minutes hammering a shot past the Moyano on the counter attack for the win.
Guillermo Brown picked up a big 3-0 win over Flandria to elevate themselves to sixth position. Matias Rojo, Ivan Silva and Mateo Acosta with the goals for the hosts before Flandria’s Juan Randazzo collected a straight red card ten minutes from time. Nueva Chicago collected a second win in two weeks off the back of Lucas Baldunciel’s seventh minute winner over Mitre to take his side to third in the table. Mitre’s Ramiro Fergonzi was sent off just moments from the final whistle.
Deportivo Morón picked up their first win of the season over Santamarina with a 69th minute winner from Javier Rossi, whilst Juventud Unida won away at Ferro thanks to Sergio Sagarzazu’s 69th minute effort. San Martin de Tucuman left it until the final minute to pick up a point away to All Boys. Facundo Castro opened the scoring after 15 minutes for the hosts but Claudio Bieler netted a 90th minute penalty to grab the team with ten men a point.
Monday night featured two fixtures, the first was the clash between Atlético de Rafaela and Estudiantes de San Luis and the later kick off was a goalless draw between struggling Sarmiento and high flying Gimnasia de Jujuy. Rafaela moved up to second position with their second win of the season thanks to a 2-0 home win over Estudiantes.
Estudiantes held Rafaela scoreless until five minutes into the second half when Gonzalo Klusener broke the deadlock after a defensive catastrophe. Facundo Lupardo came to the edge of his box to pick up a long ball that had trickled past the white line but Klusener knocked the ball between the keeper’s legs and scrambled the ball into the open goal to open the scoring. The finishing touch was added to the win in the 92nd minute thanks to Mauricio Albertengo. The 27 year old attacker had linked up well with Klusener down the flank and volleyed home Klusener’s blocked shot to capture the points for his side.
The league has Friday night off this weekend, but still have 12 fantastic fixtures with Riestra vs Quilmes and Gimnasia de Jujuy vs a rested Villa Dalmine the pick of the bunch. This weekend see Guillermo Brown taking a break, as they will hope their promotion rivals slip up whilst they watch on. Sarmiento, Boca Unidos, Santamaria and Flandria all head into the weekend hoping for their first victory of the season as Ferro hope to pick up some points to halt a disastrous start that sees them in 20th place.
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.
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