Vélez Sarsfield were the big winners on Saturday as they came from behind to inflict Belgrano‘s first defeat of 2014. For the first time, Belgrano actually took the lead when Guillermo Farré tapped them in front but Vélez came back strongly after the break. Mauro Zárate scored the equaliser minutes after the restart and then laid on the second for Agustín Allione. Lucas Pratto added a third late on to move Vélez within a point of Colón. The leaders were earlier held to a goalless draw at home to Gimnasia and could be leapfrogged by San Lorenzo, if El Ciclon get a result on Sunday. There was a further stalemate in La Plata, were Estudiantes kept another clean sheet but were unable to force a winner against Atletico Rafaela. In Saturday’s first match, Lanús heaped further pressure on Claudio Borghi and Argentinos Juniors by claiming a 2-0 win in La Paternal. Headers from Diego González and Jorge Ortiz meant that Argentinos remain at the foot of the relegation table and look in real danger. WATCH THE GOALS HERE….
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Newell’s appear to be well and truly back after thumping Velez
Yet another full round of midweek games means that the Torneo Final is already 6 rounds in. Big wins for Newell’s, San Lorenzo, Quilmes, Boca and Lanús but interestingly since the 1995 Apertura, only 3 sides have gone on to win the championship after having fewer than 10 points after 6 games. So with that in mind the title should end up in either Colón, San Lorenzo, Estudiantes, Godoy Cruz, Belgrano or Vélez. I have my doubts about this but time will tell. WATCH ALL THE MIDWEEK ACTION HERE….
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A little later than planned, but after missing a month (or two) at the end of the Torneo Inicial, it is a case of better late than never. With the opening month of the Torneo Final over and plenty of entertaining and surprising results, the choice of Manager, Player and Goal of the Month are revealed.
Sunday’s big game was at El Monumental where River Plate produced their best performance in some time to see off San Lorenzo. Teo Gutierrez finished a wonderful team move for the only goal of the game but in truth, if River and Teo in particular were more ruthless in front of goal, the margin of victory could have been far greater. Earlier, Quilmes earned their first win of the season over Tigre in a match that was never going to be a goalfest. Sebastian Romero’s fiercely struck shot gave Caruso Lombardi his first win as manager and an important 3 points, but there will need to be plenty more if Quilmes are to avoid the drop. Olimpo also picked up a crucial victory in Bahia Blanca against Lanús despite playing most of the match with 10 men after Pablo Lugüercio’s careless sending off. Late goals from Ivan Furios and Adolfo Valencia were enough to see off a tired looking Lanús side, who so far are struggling with the added commitment of the Copa Libertadores. Lastly, Newell’s Old Boys travelled to La Plata to face Estudiantes and the combination of a resolute home side and a lethargic Newell’s side resulted in a goalless draw. WATCH ALL THE ACTION….
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Mauro Zárate proves his worth with the winner against Boca
Four matches on Saturday and four winners, including two more away wins and a few surprises. Vélez Sarsfield kicked things off against Boca Juniors and thanks to Mauro Zárate’s fifth goal of the season they deservedly and, not so surprisingly, beat Boca. Belgrano‘s visit to face Atletico Rafaela was not easy on paper and even less so after Juan Eluchans smashed Rafaela in front after 3 minutes. However, having not lost their last 7 Primera matches, Belgrano roared back and goals from Lucas Aveldaño and Lucas Pittinari extended that run to 8 and leaves Belgrano 3 points off the pace. A pace which is surprisingly set by Colón, who made it 4 straight wins with a hard fought 1-0 win over Rosario Central. Carlos Luque’s excellent solo effort after half an hour and some determined defending sent Colón to the top of the table. Finally, Argentinos Juniors scored a crucial victory in their relegation battle over Arsenal in La Paternal. Having not won since the opening day, Claudio Borghi’s side were in need of a lift and the influential Leonardo Pisculichi’s brace provided just that. WATCH ALL THE GOALS HERE….
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Mostaza Merlo watches on as Racing relinquish more points
Another difficult set of results to predict in the Primera Division on Friday was initiated by Gimnasia‘s surprising two-goal win over league leaders, Godoy Cruz in Mendoza. Gimnasia who hadn’t won since their win over Newell’s were facing the league’s form side in Godoy Cruz, who since opening day defeat have won three on the trot. However, notoriously fast starters, Gimnasia came flying out of the blocks and went in front through Gastón Díaz’s slightly fortuitous cross/shot. Minutes later, Facundo Pereyra doubled the lead and Godoy Cruz failed to really claw themselves back into the match. Later, Racing Club did what they do best and threw away three points in the final minutes of their match against All Boys in Avellaneda. Diego Villar had given Mostaza Merlo’s side the lead in the first half but their collective failure to defend set pieces was once again their downfall. With minutes remaining, Marcelo Bustamante was the lucky beneficiary of Racing’s latest episode of atrocious defending and poked the ball past Sebastián Saja for a last gasp equaliser. A valuable point for All Boys in their relegation battle and four games without a win for Racing. WATCH THE GOALS HERE….
Maxi Rodriguez’s early goal set up their emphatic victory over Nacional
Argentine clubs fared much better in the second round of games in this year’s Copa Libertadores as four of the five representatives picked up wins, leaving Lanús as the only side yet to earn three points. On Tuesday night, Vélez Sarsfield impressively dismissed Brazilian side, Atlético Paranaense in Liniers and later, Arsenal bounced back from opening day defeat to thump Deportivo Anzoátegui of Venezuela 3-0 in Sarandí. On Wednesday, it was left to Lanús to disappoint as they travelled to Paraguay to face Cerro Porteño and left with nothing after a 3-1 defeat, leaving them bottom of Group 3. Thursday brought better results for Argentina, with San Lorenzo getting off the mark in Group 2 with a narrow 1-0 win over Ecuador’s, Independiente del Valle and Newell’s Old Boys once again finding their shooting boots and thrashing Nacional 4-0 to well and truly signal their return to form. WATCH ALL THE GOALS HERE….
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After Godoy Cruz‘s limp performance in their opener day defeat to Argentinos Juniors few would have predicted the turnaround in their fortunes. Last night in Mendoza, Gonzalo Castellani’s hat trick helped his side to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Rosario Central, sending Godoy Cruz to the top of the table and easing relegation fears. All three of Castellani’s goals came from outside the box with the second being the pick of the bunch. Later, Belgrano came from two goals down to draw with Gimnasia in another entertaining match in this year’s Torneo Final. Erik Correa headed Gimnasia in front with less than a minute played and when Lucas Licht converted a penalty five minutes before the break it appeared Belgrano would be tasting defeat for the first time this season. However, Luciano Lollo reduced the deficit to set up a superb second half which could have gone either way. Eventually Jorge Velázquez forced the equaliser and although both sides still had chances, neither could force a winner. Earlier in Victoria, Tigre and Argentinos Juniors played out a fairly uneventful 0-0 draw. The result leaves Argentinos propping up the relegation table but had Ariel Nahuelpán taking one of the more presentable opportunities it could have been worse. WATCH THE GOALS HERE….
Sunday’s action threw up some surprising results and some interesting talking points, none more so than Colón‘s 3-1 win over River Plate. Despite Ramon Diaz’s side bossing possession it was a horribly disjointed performance which was taken advantage of by a rejuvenated Colón side. Boca Juniors welcomed Juan Roman Riquelme back into the squad for their match against league leaders, Estudiantes and his presence reaped immediate rewards. Emmanuel Gigliotti’s first half header was enough to give Carlos Bianchi’s Boca their first win of the campaign. San Lorenzo won their third straight match, a feat they failed to do in the Inicial despite being crowned champions, as they edged Quilmes 1-0 thanks to Ignacio Piatti’s header. Another assist for Angel Correa and another clean sheet at home are ominous signs for the rest of the Primera. Earlier in the day, Newell’s Old Boys finally ended their winless streak and their problems in front of goal as they hammered Atletico Rafaela 4-1 in Rosario. WATCH ALL THE GOALS HERE….
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Try as he might Mauro Zárate can only watch as Lanus pip Velez
No games on Friday night due to the midweek round meant Round Four kicked off later than usual on Saturday afternoon. Despite the delay it was an intriguing day’s football in the Primera and kicked off with a cracking contest in Lanús. Still winless the home side faced a dangerous Velez side, who were yet to taste defeat and although it probably could have gone either way it was Lanús who claimed all three points. Goals from Jorge Pereyra Díaz and a Oscar Benítez brace in addition to some fine goalkeeping by Agustín Marchesin were enough to see off Velez’s spirited efforts. All Boys then welcomed Olimpo to Floresta and surprisingly earned a 1-0 win thanks to Juan Cruz Careaga’s early goal. The match was never likely to be a classic and so it proved but it is a huge first win for All Boys were were starting to look like a side destined for the drop. Lastly, Mostaza Merlo’s Racing Club travelled to Sarandi to face Arsenal and once again their inability to defend set pieces cost them dearly. Scrappy first half goals from Mariano Echeverría, Ramiro Carrera and Julio Furch rendered Sebastián Saja’s penalty worthless. Three straight defeats now for Racing is a little concerning while Arsenal now look back up to speed. WATCH ALL THE GOALS….