More pre-season and two forgotten men

Cavenaghi scores again for Bordeaux

Prior to tonight’s Torneo de Verano match between Boca and San Lorenzo, there have been a few other games from some of the other sides in Primera A. Following a fight in training on Friday between Germán Denis and an Independiente youth-team player, there were more fisticuffs during Banfield vs. Central. And over in Europe it was a good day for two of Argentina’s forgotten forwards – Fernando Cavenaghi scored again, and Luciano Figueroa grabbed a winner in Serie A.

Central beat Banfield 2-1 in a 45-minute match of the sort which are so oddly popular in Argentine pre-seasons; one 45-minute session played by the starters of both teams, then the second half played by the reserves, and the two referred to as separate matches. Dario Cvitanich had given Banfield the advantage, but Martín Arzuaga and Emilio Zelaya hit back to give Leandro Madelón’s boys the win. In the reserve match / second half, though, came the headline-grabbing action.

The referee, Juan Moulla, took the decision to suspend the match after 35 minutes, following Banfield’s Esteban Buján’s thump of Gervasio Núñez of Central, after the latter had committed a very minor foul on him. The ref had little choice but to call the whole thing off, with the score at 0-0, and whether any action will be taken over to the two players presumably falls to their respective managers.

Claudio Ubeda got off to a winning start in his management career with Huracán, who won 1-0 against Belgrano de Córdoba in Mar del Plata, Gastón Coyette bagging the only goal. In the same venue, Tigre played their first match of pre-season, and were a long way from their standards of the Apertura, managing only a 1-1 draw with local side Alvarado. Ezequiel Cevallos scored for the hosts early on, and Néstor Ayala levelled for Tigre from the penalty spot.

Tigre have three friendlies left in Mardel: Central on Tuesday the 22nd; Banfield on Thursday the 24th, and Argentinos on Saturday the 26th.

Fernando Cavenaghi, meanwhile, is thoroughly enjoying life in the French league with Bordeaux. After the two goals he grabbed last weekend, he opened the scoring today against Le Mans away from home, to help his side on their way to a 2-1 win and maintain some sort of pressure on leaders Lyon. In Italy, Luciano Figueroa, who returned three months ago from a year-and-a-half out with an injury, came off the bench for Genoa with 20 minutes left as his side trailed 1-0 at home to Atalanta. They levelled soon afterwards and, with five minutes left, Figueroa headed home the winner, which he dedicated to his brother. Welcome back, Lucho.

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