Central Córdoba shock San Lorenzo, Pulga inspires Colón, Independiente beat Gimnasia & Talleres snatch point (SATURDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS)

It might be early days but Diego Dabove can ill afford any repeats of Saturday night’s disastrous showing at the Nuevo Gasómetro as relative minnows Central Córdoba de Santiago del Estero secured a famous 4-0 win over San Lorenzo.

When Jonathan Bay fired in an opening goal after 11 minutes there was still plenty of time for San Lorenzo yet the worrying signs for Dabove was the lack of reaction.

The individual errors that saw the Cuervos suffer defeat to Colón last Monday were evident once again and just after half time, Milton Gimenez capitalised with a lob over Fernando Monetti. Minutes later Federico Gattoni’s underhit backpass gifted Carlo Lattanzio a simple third and the Ferroviario couldn’t quite believe the generosity of their hosts.

Dabove turned to Óscar Romero off the bench and the Paraguayan twice went close with free-kicks yet it was Central Córdoba who celebrated another goal before full-time, Oscar Salomon finding the net from a corner.

“It was a very bad night, with a lot of mistakes and it’s hard to analyse. There are so many things to correct,” Dabove said at full-time. Not just the defensive errors but the lack of creativity leave the San Lorenzo with a lot to think about.

Independiente chalked up back-to-back wins and ended their recent poor run of form at the Estadio Libertadores de América with a 1-0 win over Gimnasia.

Similar to last week’s win in Paraná, Independiente were far from impressive and struggled to create clear chances but Julio César Falcioni’s defensive mindset has made El Rojo a little more secure and new signing Juan Insaurralde proved equally important in the opposition penalty box. The veteran centre-back headed against the inside of the post allowing Silvio Romero to tap in from under the crossbar.

Romero would later hit the post and have a goal disallowed incorrectly for offside but Independiente held on for all three points.

Colón picked up an impressive 3-0 win over Banfield at the Estadio Florencio Solá inspired by Luis Rodríguez.

Pulga’s beautifully floated pass created the opener for Alexis Castro just before half time and with Banfield unable to find an equaliser it was Rodríguez’s flicked header that released Nicolás Leguizamón to double the lead on the hour mark.

Banfield’s afternoon had already taken turn for the worse when Martín Payero was sent off and although Colón defender Facundo Garcés levelled things up with his second yellow card, there was still time for Rodríguez to slide in a third for the visitors. Three wins from three for Colón leaves them top of Group A.

Newell’s Old Boys were unable to find their first win with Talleres coming from behind to snatch a point in Córdoba.

Mateo Retegui made amends for a bad miss in the first half to break the deadlock for La T shortly after the restart. It didn’t last long, Cristian Lema was fouled in the box allowing Ignacio Scocco to equalise from the penalty spot and soon after Julián Fernández header Newell’s in front.

A nightmare debut for Newell’s youngster Justo Giani saw the 21-year-old sent off in less than 20 minutes and Talleres took advantage with Diego Valoyes cutting inside to score an 84th minute equaliser.