A very deep breath, and please if for some reason you’re reading the internet standing up, try and find a seat before I go any further. Now take a deep breath. Ready? Then here we go: Rosario Central have won a football match. To think that all they needed all along was to appoint a new manager. La Canalla ran out 3-2 winners over San Martín in El Gigante del Arroyito, in Leonardo Madelón’s first match in charge.
In the clash between two struggling teams, José Vizcarra scored twice and Leonardo Borzani got the other as the hosts found themselves 3-1 up. Even Luis Tonelotto’s second for the visitors with five minutes remaining couldn’t shake the hosts, whose fans can celebrate for the first time since the eighth round clásico win over Newell’s.
Striker Nicolás Herrera was sent off for San Martín with just three minutes to go, the fans could really start celebrating. Central can do nothing at all to avoid finishing bottom of the Apertura – with only one match left they’re still five points adrift – but their fans will be cheered no end because relegation – and the aim of this season has become no more than avoiding the drop – isn’t decided until the end of the Clausura, and as such a good second half of the season can still lift them to safety.
The fact, then, that the team looked something like a team for the first time this season at home, was cause for cheer. Still shaky at the back, it’s true – but Rosario Central will be able to look to the new year with hope, if they can build on this result.