Inicial 2013: Arsenal hold River, Tigre get an overdue win & Boca beat Racing (video)

The seventh round of Torneo Inicial action was due to end this evening, but Gimnasia La Plata’s match against Colón has been postponed by 24 hours as a result of heavy rain in Buenos Aires Province. Sunday’s matches, though, brought three more home wins. Rafaela beat Estudiantes 1-0, Boca Juniors beat Racing 2-0 in the weekend’s big clásico, and Tigre, under an interim manager after Diego Cagna was sacked on Monday, beat Rosario Central 2-0. The only away side not to win were River Plate, who were denied a win against Arsenal by the linesman failing to spot that Julio Furch was a yard or two offside for his equaliser in a 1-1 draw. All the goals are here.

Rafaela 1-0 Estudiantes

Estudiantes were uncharacteristically sloppy at the back in the first half, and Rafaela were able to take advantage of that fact when Lucas Albertengo scored the only goal of the game 15 minutes in.

Tigre 2-0 Rosario Central

In a game played in heavy rain during which the TV camera man apparently couldn’t be bothered to dry his lens (the video below is almost exactly what the match looked like on my TV), Ramiro Leone and the amazingly/unfortunately named Emiliano Ellacópulos (whose surname loosely translated as ‘she copulates’) scored for Tigre in the second half to end a run of three straight defeats.

Boca Juniors 2-0 Racing

Racing manager Carlos Ischia returned to his former club, and his new side put in an absolutely abysmal showing in losing 2-0 to a rather ordinary Boca team. The goals were scored by Juan Sánchez Miño and Emanuel Gigliotti.

Arsenal 1-1 River Plate

River put in the best performance of their season so far in the first half, and deserved more than the 1-0 lead they had at the break through Gabriel Mercado’s eleventh minute goal. In the second half, though, Ramón Díaz was too slow to make substitutions as Arsenal won the midfield battle, and although the hosts’ equaliser shouldn’t have stood, it was hard to argue they didn’t deserve to get something from the match.

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Sam Kelly is an English football writer based in Buenos Aires, specialising in all things Argentina - the national team and the domestic league - and across South America for When Saturday Comes, ESPNFC, The Blizzard, Howler and the Hong Kong Jockey Club among others. He's also the presenter and producer of Hand Of Pod, the internet's finest - and, it's true, only Argentine football podcast. If you think you can afford him (and you probably can), please feel free to get in touch.
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