In the second Promoción between Primera A and B Nacional, Atlético Rafaela hosted Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata on Thursday afternoon in the first leg. The result was the heaviest win for a B Nacional side over a Primera A team since the Promoción was introduced, courtesy of a hat trick from striker Aldo Visconti.
Visconti actually doubled his tally for 2008-2009 this afternoon, having only scored three times during the whole of the B Nacional season prior to this match. His first, on 15 minutes, came as Gimnasia’s defence ‘let the tortoise escape them,’ to use a phrase of Diego Maradona’s, reacting incredibly slowly to a long ball over the top and watching on in admiration as Visconti smacked it into the net.
It took until nearly twenty minutes after the break for Visconti to add his second, poking home after a corner which shouldn’t have been given had been clawed out from swinging in under the crossbar by Gastón Sessa in the Gimnasia goal. Five minutes later, He was partially atoning for the nature of that goal by scoring a genuine stunner, volleying in a near-40-yard hanging, high cross with the outside of his right foot to put the game well and truly beyond Gimnasia.
Things got worse for Gimnasia as Denis Stracqualursi, who’d been on the pitch a matter of six or so minutes (during which Visconti had scored his third goal) crashed into an opponent and saw the red card. Atlético beat Gimnasia both times when these sides were both in the Primera A, and got their third win in as many matches today. If Gimnasia are going to stay in the top flight, they’re going to have to turn that run round in spectacular fashion.
Atlético Rafaela 3 – 0 Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata (1st leg Promoción, 9th July 2009)