Central leave it late

Central 1-1 Newell's

The clásico rosarino was led by Newell’s Old Boys for most of the game, in the stadium of their bitterest rivals courtesy of a rocket of a strike from Mauro Fórmica, but after missing chances to double their lead, Roberto Sensini’s boys let Emilio Zelaya grab a leveller for Central with just ten minutes remaining. The draw lifts Central to fifth, level on points with Racing and River Plate.

There were 21 minutes on the clock when Fórmica unleashed his right-footed piledriver, which flew into the top corner of Jorge Broun’s net. Newell’s had started with more desire and were worth their lead, principally because Central – without the suspended Ezequiel González – didn’t look nearly as dangerous as in previous weeks. As such Newell’s were quite happy – especially with the lead – to allow Central the ball, and keep them at arm’s length from the goal pretty comfortably.

In the second half it was another matter. Miguel Angel Russo changed things round for the hosts at the break and Kily González, who’d looked out of sorts in the first half, became the central figure, so to speak, as they went all out for the vital equaliser. Newell’s made up their minds to play on the counter, but saw two good chances to put the game beyond doubt end up in the arms of Broun, who had a decent game after a goal he couldn’t have done anything about.

The equaliser, with ten minutes remaining, from the head of Emilio Zelaya, set up a nail-biting finale for the visitors, but they clung on for their point. Neither will be especially satisfied with it.

The normal scores & scorers roundup will be appearing along with the goal videos on Monday night this week. Apologies for this, but I only found out this morning that my ‘office’ is being slept in by a guest tonight.

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