After elimination from the Copa Sudamericana and a woeful display against Estudiantes last week, Independiente needed a performance on Saturday evening in Avellaneda. Far tougher tests lie ahead for Sebastián Beccacece but El Rojo produced the type of display supporters demand and a 2-0 win over Colón, that in truth flattered the visitors, ensured the red half of Avellaneda went home satisfied.
Having failed to score in the past two games, Independiente made the perfect start with what replays eventually showed was a Lucas Acevedo own-goal. Alexander Barboza rose at a corner looking for his first goal in an Independiente shirt and although the recent signing wheeled-away in celebration the conclusion touch was off Acevedo’s head.
The relief was clear and Independiente were dominant from thereafter. Colón posed a minute threat but as long as the difference remained at only one, there was a nervous tension in the air.
After spurning countless opportunities to extend the lead, El Rojo eventually wrapped up the points in stoppage time. Fabricio Bustos bursting down the right, capping off a performance that was a return to the level that saw the 23-year-old break into the Argentina team, and crossing for Silvio Romero to nod past Leonardo Burián.
Beccacece’s only concern was the excellent Lucas Romero leaving the pitch during the second half with clear discomfort in the groin. Independiente will be hoping that was just precautionary as for the first time since the change of manager, El Rojo appeared to be finding their feet.
Independiente 2 – 0 Colón
Vélez Sarsfield were also in need of a response following defeat to Lanús last week and Gabriel Heinze got that with a 3-1 win to put the brakes on Newell’s Old Boys fine start to the season.
Lucas Robertone drew a fine save from Newell’s goalkeeper Alan Aguerre with an early free-kick but it was Vélez’s most impressive young midfielder who broke the deadlock. Just as he did against Racing Club in Liniers a few weeks ago, Nicolás Domínguez timed his run in behind the backline and finished with aplomb, further enhancing his burgeoning reputations as one of Argentina’s best midfield prospects.
Maxi Rodríguez brought Newell’s level before the break, forcing in the rebound after seeing his initial penalty saved by Lucas Hoyos but unlike against Racing, Vélez did not allow a comeback.
👏🏽 Fernando Gago retornó a las canchas. Imponiendo su voluntad por sobre todas las cosas y para que su hijo lo viera jugar, como dijo cuando se presentó nuevamente en #Vélez. Volvió Pintita, el dueño del pase claro y preciso.
— Vélez Sarsfield (@Velez) August 25, 2019