Franco Armani wrote himself into the River Plate record books with yet another clean sheet but it was César Rigamonti, his opposite number in the Belgrano goal, who played the most decisive role earning El Pirata a valuable point.
Without the injured Ignacio Scocco, River still had more than enough to see off relegation threatened Belgrano and in the driving rain the home side had the chances too. However, for the second consecutive Superliga game, Los Millonarios failed to find the net and two goalless draws will already see Marcelo Gallardo’s side four points off the pace.
The outrageously gifted Juan Fernando Quintero was handed a start and the Colombian immediately teased and probed the Belgrano back line. Twice in the opening stages Quintero almost released Lucas Pratto only for Rigamonti to deny the centre forward and it was in fact Belgrano defender Sebastián Luna who came closest to giving River the lead when he slid the ball against the post.
Quintero bent a shot inches wide as Belgrano simply dug in and aside from Matías Suárez almost breaking away on the counter the visitors looked content to frustrate and hope for a point.
This saw Argentina goalkeeper Franco Armani surpass the iconic Amadeo Carrizo’s 789-minute run without conceding to set a new River league record but without the three points, the feat was somewhat overshadowed.
However, everything that River threw at Belgrano, Rigamonti was equal to and so on a wet and wild evening in El Monumental, Belgrano left with a point. River remain unbeaten since February but will be aware that for all their defensive improvements, there is much to do offensively.
River Plate 0 – 0 Belgrano
Earlier in the Estadio Florencio Sola, Banfield responded to their opening weekend defeat to record a 1-0 win over Gimnasia.
The only goal of the game came early when Facundo Oreja was somewhat harshly adjudged to have pulled down Nicolás Bertolo and it allowed Darío Cvitanich to slot in the resulting penalty.
Cvitanich came close to adding a second after the break when a shot from distance came back off the post and although El Taladro couldn’t add to their lead, the home side were good value for the points.
Banfield 1 – 0 Gimnasia
Alexander Barboza salvaged a point for Defensa y Justicia with a late penalty against Atlético Tucumán in Florencio Varela but the home side will feel they did enough to take more.
Juan Mercier had blocked a goal bound Domingo Blanco shot on the line before Atlético took the lead in surprise circumstance. Ricardo Noir’s inswinging corner bounced in the six-yard box and avoiding everyone spun past Ezequiel Unsain and into the Defensa y Justicia net.
Sebastián Beccacece’s side pushed for an equaliser and five minutes from time referee Fernando Espinoza spotted a pull of the shirt by Guillermo Acosta on Lisandro Martínez presenting Barboza with the opportunity to level it.
Defensa y Justicia 1 – 1 Atlético Tucumán
And finally in La Paternal, Godoy Cruz managed to hold off Argentinos Juniors to maintain an unbeaten start to the Superliga season.
Los Bichos will certainly feel they did enough for victory but goalkeeper Roberto Ramirez was equal to anything thrown at him and on the occasions when the Godoy Cruz number one looked helpless, the home side’s finishing was wasteful. Youngster Alexis Mac Allister sliced wide the game’s clearest chance and Godoy Cruz were able to claim a second clean sheet.