Leaving it late

There were ten goals from four matches on Saturday, and they didn’t stop coming until the very end of the final game. Both Independiente and Argentinos went into the match at El Cilindro in good form, and a draw seemed an inevitable result, but it only eventually arrived when the visitors equalised in the second minute of stoppage time through Andrés Romero’s first goal in the Primera. Elsewhere there were good away wins for Tigre and Colón, and a draw in Rosario…

Daniel Montenegro had opened the scoring for Miguel Santoro’s Independiente side from a corner eleven minutes after the break, after the first half, an entertaining enough affair, had ended goalless. Thereafter the match continued in the same vein of thrust and counter-thrust, but it wasn’t until stoppage time that Romero – who’d been introduced by Argentinos boss Néstor Gorosito in the 72nd minute to replace Rodrigo Díaz – stabbed home his first first-team goal to steal a point for the visitors.

In Liniers, Colón struck a blow for their hopes of avoiding the drop with a 3-0 win away to Vélez courtesy of a first half double from Rubén Ramírez. In stoppage time at the end of the match, Lucas Acosta made it three to end a run of seven matches without victory for Antonio Mohamed’s side. In Argentinos’ ground, where Huracán were hosting for what they hope will be the last time, there was another 3-0 away win, this time for Tigre. Enganche Martín Morel scored again – he’s got eight in six matches now – and there were two second half goals – for Matías Giménez and Leonel Altobelli – in the space of a minute shortly after the interval to put the result beyond doubt.

In the day’s other match, Newell’s Old Boys had to settle for a draw against Estudiantes, and thus only cut San Lorenzo’s lead over them by a point. Just before the hour, Leandro Desábato put the visitors into the lead, but only three minutes later Cristian Fabbiani put La Lepra back on level terms. Newell’s are now third, four behind Tigre and six behind San Lorenzo, who take on Racing in El Cilindro on Sunday.

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  1. Some fantastic performances in the games, Ruben Ramirez has to be one of the best finishers in the league – masterclass! I wish he could join Racing.

    And Morel, it’s not just the goals he scores, it’s the quality of them. This is one of the reasons I watch Argentine football, goals of signaly good quality of the sort that the old ‘maverick’ players used to score in English football 30 years ago. Players like Morel are willing to try things more staid European players don’t even contemplate, and although the defending isn’t the best, it’s still good to watch.

    Anyway, here’s to Racing opening up the title race with a win tonight! I’m even supporting Boca tonight as well, Racing are surely going to get out of this (and I wish I could get a bookie to give me odds on Huracan’s direct relegation, Cesar Gonzalez notwithstanding. Their defence is simply not good enough, and Cappa isn’t the kind of coach who will rectify that… they should have gone for Merlo.

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