Sunday and Monday in the 2013 Torneo Inicial brought ten goals in the Primera – but only half of them were spread over Sunday’s five matches. The other five all came on Monday night, when Vélez Sarsfield claimed a 4-1 victory over Atlético de Rafaela. On Sunday, there were 0-0 draws in Quilmes v Lanús and Argentinos Juniors v Boca Juniors. The La Plata clásico ended 1-1, though Gimnasia won the red card count 2-1 against Estudiantes. San Lorenzo got a 2-0 win away to Colón, and River Plate had to leave it late, but finally broke the Lanata Curse (read on to find out what that means) to beat All Boys 1-0 with a Carlos Carbonero goal. In the B, on Monday, Independiente came from behind to beat Sarmiento de Junín 2-1, for their first home win of the season. All the goals are right here…
Quilmes 0-0 Lanús
Nothing to see here…
Colón 0-2 San Lorenzo
Two Ignacios scored for San Lorenzo; Ignacio Piatti after 20 minutes, and debutant Juan Ignacio Cavallaro after 71 minutes.
Estudiantes 1-1 Gimnasia y Esgrima
Erik Correa scored for the second weekend running to give Gimnasia the lead in the derby, and they kept it until half time. In the second half, though, Facundo Oreja got sent off in the 57th minute and shortly afterwards Estudiantes were level through Matías Aguirregaray. Gimnasia boss Pedro Troglio was sent to the stands a few minutes later, and Israel Damonte of Estudiantes got a red card of his own in stoppage time.
Argentinos Juniors 0-0 Boca Juniors
This one was just rubbish. It was most notable for Gaspar Iñíguez tripping over and inadvertently tackling/fouling Juan Manuel Martínez with his head – a move which cost the Argentinos midfielder some pride (the Argentine press have been taking the piss out him ever since) and three teeth.
River Plate 1-0 All Boys
River looked like a side who’d travelled a few thousand miles in midweek in this match, and as well as that, they also had the ‘Lanata Curse’ to contend with; since the AFA/Argentine government announced that either River or Boca would have to play at 21:15 or 21:30 on Sunday nights to combat the popularity in the TV ratings of anti-government performing seal TV showman Jorge Lanata, there had been a total of seven defeats and three draws for the combined results of the two giants. On Sunday, River finally ended that run with a little help from All Boys’ awful second half form, as Carlos Carbonero scrambled a late winner for the Millonarios.
Vélez Sarsfield 4-1 Rafaela
Vélez had a superb first half, with Mauro Zárate having a penalty saved right on the stroke of half time which should have made it 3-0. Lucas Pratto and Fabián Cubero had already made it 2-0 by then. Zárate did score an hour in, and although Federico González pulled one back for Rafaela shortly after, Leandro Desábato made it 4-1 in stoppage time.
I apologise for the quality of this video, but it was the only one I could find which was of vaguely watchable quality and which contained all the goals.
B Nacional: Independiente 2-1 Sarmiento
Sarmiento took the lead through Yamil Garnier in just the fourth minute, but goals either side of half time from Facundo Parra turned the game on its head and gave Independiente a home win in the B at last. They’re now eighth, on thirteen points, nine off the lead, but are unbeaten in five matches, with three wins and two draws – a run that coincides exactly with Omar De Felippe’s appointment as manager, prior to which they’d drawn two and lost two of their opening four games.