San Lorenzo lead the Apertura following Friday night’s win over Colón in the Nuevo Gasómetro, but they’ve got some competition, and on Saturday Vélez Sársfield reminded them of that fact with a 2-1 victory at home to Rosario Central. El Fortín played well after an early scare, and now sit two points back on San Lorenzo, with Boca (three behind Vélez) playing on Sunday. Elsewhere there was a draw in Jujuy and a goalfest in Sarandí.
Leonardo Borzani scored for Central within a minute, stabbing past Germán Montoya after a free kick from Kily González had evaded teammate Emilio Zelaya. That was almost the last say the Canalla had in the match, though, as Vélez put their feet down and began to dominate, with Emiliano Papa especially impressive, surging forward from left back whenever he got the chance. It was the former Central man who set up Vélez’s equaliser in the 33rd minute, swinging over a corner which Mariano Uglessich converted with his head. In the second half, Vélez continued to dominate, but had to be patient.
The winner eventually arrived in the 81st minute, Leandro Somoza tucking away a penalty after man of the match Papa was brought down in the box by Walter Ribonetto. Vélez are on a run now: they’ve got four consecutive wins, and are five matches unbeaten home and away – it’s ten games since they lost in the José Amalfitani. In two weeks time, they’re at home to San Lorenzo – that should be a match worth seeing.
Saturday also saw an incredible comeback, as Arsenal, 2-0 down at home to Banfield after two first half goals from Víctor López, won 3-2 after scoring twice in the last five minutes of the match. Facundo Sava set them on the way just after the hour, Alejandro Gómez equalised in the 86th minute, and a minute into stoppage time Aníbal Matellán struck an improbable winner for El Arse. Gimnasia de Jujuy and Argentinos drew 1-1, and in B Nacional Aldosivi of Mar del Plata beat Tiro Federal 3-2 away to go joint top of the table next to Chacarita Juniors and Atlético Rafaela.