On Friday night Racing and Gimnasia La Plata shared the points, and Argentinos took three away from their visit to Newell’s in Rosario. Saturday, though, has seen the outstanding result of the weekend in Argentina: newly-promoted Atlético Tucumán hosted the mighty Boca Juniors and took all the points with a 2-0 win which lifts them above their visitors. Atlético’s last win over Boca was 28 years ago – the last time Boca visited the Monumental José Fierro. Elsewhere Arsenal beat Tigre in Victoria, and Chacarita’s miserable start to the Apertura continued.
In Tucumán, Juan Pablo Pereyra got the hosts off the mark early on after a major mix-up in the Boca penalty box. Goalkeeper Roberto Abbondanzieri badly misjudged a long ball into his area, rushed out to it and made a hash of catching or clearing the danger. With the ‘keeper in no man’s land, the ball fell for Pereyra about twenty-five yards out, in the inside left position, who smacked it home gleefully. After that goal, Boca were a mess, and Atlético’s constant pressuring never allowed them to settle. Colombian substitute Fabio Escobar headed the second halfway through the second half, and Boca are now seven points behind leaders Rosario Central.
Central themselves got a 1-0 away win over Chacarita Juniors in Huracán Estadio Tomás A. Duco. Chaca defender Jorge Núñez put through his own net in the thirty-third minute, and although both sides had opportunities thereafter, and Central had a second goal disallowed, no further goals followed. Vélez and San Lorenzo fought rather than played their way to a 0-0 draw in which the champions’ Waldo Ponce was sent off with 7 minutes left, and Arsenal travelled to Victoria and beat Tigre 2-1. Matías Giménez put the hosts 1-0 up after quarter of an hour, but Cristian Alvarez levelled minutes later, and Franco Jara scored what proved to be the winner in the 32nd.
On Friday night, Racing were held in El Cilindro after a poor performance. An own goal from Ruben Maldonado looked set to hand La Academia all three points until Sebastián Romero equalised for Gimnasia with just under quarter of an hour to play. Newell’s, meanwhile, lost for the first time this season, at home to Argentinos. Néstor Ortigoza got the match’s only goal in the 64th minute.
Atlético Tucumán 2 – 0 Boca Juniors: