The breakthrough player in the Copa Diego Maradona, Giuliano Galoppo has continued his outstanding form into the Copa De La Liga and a further two goals handed Banfield victory over Arsenal.
Five goals in ten games as Banfield reached the final of the previous tournament, the 21-year-old midfielder already had three to his name this term and the Taladro appear to have carried their momentum forward.
After a goalless first half in Sarandí it took less than two minutes after the restart for Galoppo to break the deadlock, reacting to a loose ball in the penalty box to thrash it past Nicolás Navarro. Before Arsenal had a chance to react they found themselves two down, Galoppo making a now trademark run into the penalty area to head his second.
Six points from a possible six for Banfield and the midfield tandem of Galoppo and Martín Payero still firing on all cylinders, Javier Sanguinetti’s will remain tough opponents this season.
Meanwhile in Zone B, Gimnasia picked up an impressive 3-0 win over Talleres.
Boca loanee Marcelo Weigandt volleyed El Lobo in front early from a fourth minute corner and somehow Gimnasia failed to extend the lead before the break.
However Talleres began the second half well and an equaliser appeared likely until referee Germán Delfino awarded the home side a penalty. Franco Fragapane brought down Weigandt arguably just outside the box, the Talleres winger was then sent off in his protests and when Brahian Alemán slotted in the spot kick Gimnasia were in control.
Gimnasia’s Colombian midfielder Harrinson Mancilla provided Talleres with some hope when he picked up a second yellow card to level up the numbers but Lucas Barrios headed a third before the visitors miserable evening was capped off by Enzo Díaz being given his marching orders.
The scoreline may have flattered Gimnasia but it’s been a hugely positive start for Leandro Martini after last week’s draw at La Bombonera.