It is safe to say that Edgardo Bauza’s honeymoon period back at Rosario Central is over as El Canalla’s strong start to the season already looks little more than a memory. On Sunday in the Gigante de Arroyito, the usually goal-shy Unión put four past Central in impressive fashion.
Mauro Pittón set the visitors on their way with a simple tap-in after 12 minutes and the contributions of both goalkeepers shortly after perhaps signalled what kind of afternoon was in store. Veteran Nereo Fernández produced a wonderful save to deny Germán Herrera at one end before Central’s Jeremías Ledesma allowed Damián Martínez’s well struck shot from distance to bounce past him.
A back post volley by Franco Fragapane made it three on the hour mark and five minutes from time another long range Martínez effort eluded Ledesma.
Unión climb to third with the win while Central, four without a win, continue to slip down the table.
Rosario Central 0 – 4 Unión
The last time San Lorenzo were in the 11am Sunday slot it ended in a 5-0 win for Godoy Cruz and while things weren’t as bad this time round for Los Cuervos it was another limp display punished by Banfield.
Jesús Dátolo managed to find the bottom corner through a crowded penalty box after quarter of an hour and in truth San Lorenzo rarely looked like getting anything from the game.
When Gonzalo Rodríguez was shown a second yellow card 20 minutes from time chances became even slimmer and soon after Darío Cvitanich pounced on a rebound to double the lead and wrap up the points.
Banfield 2 – 0 San Lorenzo
After watching his side concede five goals against River Plate last time out, Luis Zubeldía didn’t take any chances against Copa Libertadores quarter finalists Atlético Tucumán and while Lanús didn’t provide much in the attacking sense, the visitors five-man defence held out for a point.
Things could have been different had Luis Miguel Rodríguez’s stunning first half volley dropped in rather than coming back off the crossbar but instead Lanús were able to battle for a point.