Such are the stakes that a stalemate in an Argentinian clásico is always a distinct possibility and on Sunday in Córdoba, Belgrano and Talleres produced a perfect example. There was to be no repeat of the crowd trouble that marred last season’s meeting but neither side could force a winner.
Both had chances in what was a more open encounter than the scoreline suggested and while Belgrano will feel they had the chances in the first half, Talleres certainly had the better of it after the restart. A strong penalty claim for handball and a Mauro Ortíz shot that rattled the crossbar could have won it for La T but ultimately honours were even in Córdoba.
In Sunday’s early kick off, Independiente managed to overturn a nightmare start against Chacarita Juniors to seal a valuable 2-1 win.
Just like Argentina earlier in the week against Ecuador, Independiente were behind inside 40 seconds when Juan Imbert dashed clear of a still sleeping defensive line to open the scoring.
El Rojo were unable to call upon the genius of Lionel Messi but in Fabricio Bustos and Ezequiel Barco do have two of the Superliga’s two top young talents. The pair combined perfectly for full back Bustos to equalise soon after and after Independiente characteristically spurned a number of good chances, Barco gave them the lead.
Racing onto a through ball, the 18-year-old found the net from a tight angle and it proved to be enough. Chacarita’s wait for a first win goes on while the result lifts Independiente back into the top ten within touching distance of second.
Godoy Cruz enjoyed a straightforward victory over Gimnasia in Mendoza thanks to a quick start that forced a Lucas Licht own goal inside the opening six minutes.
A fierce Facundo Cobos strike caught Alexis Arias by surprise to double the lead before half time and when Javier Correa made it three with a superbly taken solo effort, the points were secured.
Chacarita Juniors 1 – 2 Independiente
Godoy Cruz 3 – 0 Gimnasia
Belgrano 0 – 0 Talleres