Friday’s and Saturday’s Torneo Inicial matches brought not an awful lot of goals, but some decent matches. On Friday, champions Arsenal de Sarandí finally won after five rounds without a victory, sending Colón de Santa Fe packing with a 2-0 win, before Independiente got their third straight win, 1-0 away to Argentinos Juniors. On Saturday, All Boys beat Belgrano 1-0, San Martín beat Unión de Santa Fe 2-1 away, and Vélez Sarsfield got a 1-0 win away to Tigre. Juan Antonio Pizzi’s debut as San Lorenzo boss ended goalless away to Godoy Cruz, as did the 2nd v 1st clash between Racing and Newell’s Old Boys, a fine game that I was at. All the goals from the matches that had them are right here.
Arsenal 2 – 0 Colón
Argentinos 0 – 1 Independiente
All Boys 1 – 0 Belgrano
Unión 1 – 2 San Martín
Tigre 0 – 1 Vélez
Newell’s Old Boys remain top of the Torneo Inicial, and are still unbeaten, with Racing just two points behind them in second. Vélez are third and Belgrano fourth, though Boca Juniors could go level on points with Vélez (and leapfrog Belgrano) if they beat Estudiantes de La Plata on Sunday. Independiente’s win lifts them (perhaps temporarily) out of the relegation zone in the promedio table – Quilmes could drop El Rojo back in the drop spots if they can beat River Plate on Sunday.
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