Newell’s get revenge

Newell’s Old Boys got revenge on Rosario Central in the Rosario derby on Saturday, beating them 1-0 to get even after they lost the Apertura clásico by the same scoreline in their own stadium. El Gigante del Arroyito hosted a match in which the visitors were more intelligent and created more chances, which was settled by Paraguayan Santiago Salcedo’s brilliant goal a few minutes before half time.

Both clubs were struggling going into the match, with victory for either one likely to prove useful, for the moment at least, in staving off the threat of the Descenso relegation play-offs. Both sides were pumped-up for the game and both went with similar systems, 4-4-2 the order of the day on the bank of the Paraná. After an inevitably cagey opening few minutes, it was to Newell’s that the first chance fell after 12 minutes. Santiago Salcedo found himself alone in the centre of the box, but Central ‘keeper Cristián Alvarez saved well.

Thereafter Ricardo Caruso Lombardi’s visitors continued to assert their authority, but little by little Central came into the game. Four minutes before the break, though, Salcedo got a second opportunity, and wasn’t going to let Alvarez get the better of him again. Pouncing on an error from Central centre-halves Ronald Raldes and Ramiro Fassi, sent in a right-footed piledriver which crashed in off Alvarez’s post. Combined with Justo Villar’s save from home striker Emilio Celaya in the final minute of the half, it was enough to send the Leproso in at the break with an advantage which was more or less merited.

At half time, Leonardo Madelón sent on midfielder Tomás Costa for right-back Nahuel Valentin in a bid to get Central playing further up the pitch and put Newell’s under more pressure. Little changed from either side though – Newell’s simply boxed clever and played on the counter attack, a tactic which might have come off when Salcedo once again found himself through on goal, but placed his shot narrowly wide. Thereafter, Central pressed for the equaliser but with their lack of ideas (and increasing desperation) and Newell’s profligacy at the other end on the counter, the score was set in stone before the final whistle arrived. With this win, Newell’s go fifth in the Clausura table but, rather more importantly, they’re up to fourteenth in the Promedio. Central are rather more precariously placed – down in sixteenth.

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  1. Thanks for the report, Sam. I listened to this game via internet radio, and it sounded a bit more one sided there… but I was listening to Newell’s radio broadcasters, so go figure.

    Still, I couldn’t ask for a better birthday present than a win over Los Canallas.

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