It looked as though it would be an easy night’s work after two early goals but while San Lorenzo were ultimately made to work for their victory over Arsenal, Diego Dabove enjoyed a maiden three points.
Full-back Bruno Pittón picked up where he left steering in Nicolás Fernández’s low cross with only five minutes on the clock and when Franco Di Santo responded to some of his critics with a towering header moments later San Lorenzo were cruising.
Yet it wasn’t to be so straight forward, Julián Navas nodded a goal back for Arsenal after half an hour making for a nervy remainder.
Dabove, who had left both Romero brothers on the bench did turn to the troublesome Paraguayan duo in an effort to kill off the game but neither could help find that elusive third. It didn’t matter and San Lorenzo’s new coach will know there is work to do but be satisfied with the positives on show.
Earlier in a stormy Liniers, Vélez Sarsfield saw off Newell’s Old Boys.
Juan Lucero rose to head in Francisco Ortega’s hanging cross to give Vélez a deserved first half lead. Ricardo Centurión had already hit the crossbar twice and Newell’s were fortunate to not have Pablo Pérez sent off for an awful challenge that ended Agustín Bouzat’s participation.
Not one to learn from his mistakes Pérez soon made certain that it would be 11 vs 10 when he was shown a second needless yellow card after the break and Vélez should have put the game beyond doubt. Instead Maxi Rodríguez missed a glorious chance to earn ten-man Newell’s a point.
Following on from a fine Copa Diego Maradona, Talleres defeated Patronato in Córdoba. Carlos Auzqui firing in the game’s only goal after quarter of an hour after terrific work from Diego Valoyes.
While Fernando Gago made a losing start to his managerial career with Aldosivi slipping to a 2-1 loss against Godoy Cruz.
An emotional day for the visitors after the recent death of Santiago García, Godoy Cruz were boosted by Ezequiel Bullaude’s opener four minutes before half time yet there was still time for a goalkeeper error by Juan Espínola to gift Federico Andrada and Aldosivi an equaliser.
Parity didn’t last long and Tomas Badaloni slotted Godoy Cruz back in front soon after the restart. Unable to find another leveller Aldosivi slumped to a disappointing defeat.