Our man for the Nacional B, Darren Paul returns to provide an update on life outside the Superliga…
With no Friday night games round five of the Argentine Primera B Nacional kicked off Saturday afternoon with new boys Agropecuario continuing their strong start as they beat surprise strugglers Ferro 2-0.
Verdolaga suffered their fourth straight loss to see them down in 21st position, but still up in ninth in the relegation standings whereas the win sees Agropecuario go top of the Promedios. Cristian Barinaga got the scoring underway with a firm header after 28 minutes. Facundo Parra sealed the victory in the 75th minute with a deflected first time effort from the edge of the area that looped over the stranded Andres Bailo in the Ferro goal. Ferro are leaking goals due to poor ball retention and some awful defending, this will need to be rectified if they have any hopes of making the playoffs.
Quilmes survived an early scare away to the newly promoted Riestra to come away with all three points and claim second spot. Riestra thought they had taken a second minute lead only for it to be wrongly flagged for offside. Miguel Caneo got the game’s only goal with a low header in the 79th minute. A sustained spell of pressure finally told for the visitors as Federico Alvarez crossed into the box and Caneo got low enough to head past Carlos Morel. The result sees Riestra rooted to the bottom on -15 points with Quilmes just one point off leaders Brown de Adrogue.
36-year-old Facundo Telechea left it until the dying moments of the game to rescue his side the point away to Instituto on Saturday to keep Aldosivi in the playoff places. Mateo Klimowicz got the opener after a fantastic run through the middle and a neat one-two through ball to score past Sebastiano Moyano who could do nothing to prevent the goal. Victor Lopez gifted Aldosivi the chance to level with a foul in the 89th minute before Telechea, the league’s leading scorer, stepped up to rifle the penalty into the corner past Lucas Hoyos. The result keeps Instituto one point adrift of a playoff spot.
Atlético de Rafaela continue their patchy start to the season with a 1-0 away defeat to Deportivo Santamarina who picked up their first win of the year in the process. The winning goal for the hosts came in the 60th minute though Francisco Gonzalez Metilli to keep Rafaela out of the playoff picture and pushes Santamarina up to sixth in the Promedios.
Two draws kicked off Sunday’s action with Nueva Chicago being held to a draw at home to Deportivo Morón and Flandria keeping Brown de Adrogue goalless. Chicago had the lead in the 51st minute through Alexis Vazquez, but Javier Rossi got his side the point with just five minutes to go to keep his side in mid table. Flandria, surprisingly, picked up their first point of the season holding the league leaders, but remain rooted to 24th position and 23rd in the Promedios picture.
There was a pair of one-nil and two-nil wins on Sunday with Juventud Unida taking all three points over Independiente Rivadavia thanks to a 75th minute Paolo Impini effort to put his side third in the table and just one point off top spot.
The other one nil win of the day was also the weekend’s only away win as Villa Dalmine picked up the points against Gimnasia de Jujuy. Pablo Burzio headed the game’s only goal in the 24 minute after a spectacular effort from Jorge Cordoba rattled off the crossbar and into his path to seal the points.
Boca Unidos resumed normal service as they were downed 2-0 away to Estudiantes de San Luis and reduced to ten men on Sunday. Boca held Estudiantes scoreless until the 71st minute when Brian Cuello grabbed the opener. As Estudiantes applied the pressure Cuello allowed a pass to roll across his body to turn his defender before snapping off a one time shot to rifle home from the edge of the area. Cuello takes the goal of the round award for this week!
Santiago Aguirre doubled the advantage in the final minute as he broke away on the counter attack his powerful shot was meekly palmed into the net by Boca’s keeper Hilario Navarro. Both sides saw players receive red cards, Jonathan Mazzola on the stroke of half time was sent off from the Estudiantes bench and Ricardo Martinez picked up his second yellow four minutes into time added on for Boca.
Gabriel Compagnucci bagged a second half brace to help his Almagro side move to fifth position and beat struggling All Boys 2-0. Compagnucci’s opener came two minutes into the second half with a poacher’s finish after All Boys failed to clear a free kick properly. His second goal came on the 70th minute. All Boys were pushing on to get the game level and Compagnucci was able to strike on the counter once again finishing neatly from close range. All Boys find themselves just two spots above the relegation places in the promedios after their poor start to the season whilst Almagro are comfortably mid table in the promedios and in the playoff picture in the season long table.
Monday night saw two interesting fixtures. San Martin de Tucumán were held at home to Mitre with Claudio Bieler opening the scoring on the 59th minute for the hosts. Nelson Benitez grabbed his side an important point in the 77th minute. Mitre still find themselves in the relegation places in the promedios, but with a few good results will fly up the table to safety. San Martin will want to push up the table looking at the lower playoff places come season end and need to convert some draws into wins as they remain unbeaten.
The final game of the weekend was another loss for Sarmiento as they were beaten by Los Andes thanks to a 79th minute of Matia Linas. Sarmiento are down in 22nd position and second bottom of the Promedios thanks to just two draws in four games. Sarmiento were relegated from the top flight and would he been hoping for a swift return, but will need to fight hard just to avoid relegation at this early stage. Sarmiento’s tough early run continues with a visit from Riestra whilst Los Andes find themselves in the playoff positions after a strong start.