There is little doubt who the best player currently in Argentina and you won’t find him at Boca, River or any of the traditional grandes. Instead a 36-year-old who has never had a chance at one of big five weaves his magic and has Colón top of Group A with a perfect 100% record. Luis Rodríguez scored two wonderful goals on Saturday night to hand the Sabalero their latest victory, getting one over his former Atlético Tucumán manager Ricardo Zielinski in the process, and as Estudiantes found out stopping the Pulga is an almost impossible task at present.
Zielinski had made a great start in La Plata and his Estudiantes were also unbeaten ahead of Saturday night yet found themselves undone in first half stoppage time by a sensational Pulga free-kick.
And Rodríguez wrapped it up nine minutes from time, finishing off a swift counter from outside the box with a nonchalant left-footed lob over Mariano Andújar.
Estudiantes finished the game with ten after Mauro Díaz was shown a red card for a rash challenge but the night belonged to Pulga once again.
Racing Club climbed to fourth in Group A after a 2-0 win over Platense.
A dull game came to life in the 73rd minute, Lorenzo Melgarejo’s sweetly struck volley giving Racing the lead. 21-year-old Iván Maggi came off the bench for his debut and capped it off with a goal in stoppage time.
It was again not a performance that will win Juan Antonio Pizzi many supporters but crucially it was a second consecutive win for Racing.
And Argentinos Juniors followed up their win over River Plate last Monday with a 2-0 victory against Godoy Cruz.
A fine Gabriel Ávalos goal broke the deadlock and Elías Gómez made certain midway through the second half.
In Group B, Vélez Sarsfield went top, bouncing back from their humiliation against Boca last time out, to beat Talleres in Córdoba.
The home side saw Rafael Pérez sent off early in the second half for two bookable offences and soon after Luca Orellano smashed the only goal of the game.
Vélez had the chance to extend the lead but Thiago Almada missed the target from the penalty spot. However, Mauricio Pellegrino’s side held on for an important three points.
And finally, Defensa y Justicia emphatically ended Frank Kudelka’s spell in charge of Newell’s Old Boys. The former Talleres manager had already announced his departure due to La Lepra’s poor form and Sebastián Beccacece’s side made absolutely certain with a 4-0 win.
Two unstoppable strikes from the left foot of Marcelo Benítez put Defensa y Justicia in control and when Walter Bou made it three from the penalty spot just after half time the contest was over.
Francisco Pizzini tapped in a fourth to give Beccacece his most convincing display since returning for a third spell in charge of the Halcón and left Newell’s in no doubt that change was needed. Diego Simeone’s former assistant Germán Burgos has already been confirmed as Kudelka’s replacement and La Lepra will be hoping for an immediate response.