Picking up where they left off

Both Boca Juniors and Newell’s Old Boys hit the same form on Saturday night that they enjoyed (or endured) during the Torneo Apertura, on a high-scoring day in the Argentine top flight. Boca managed two consolations but ended up slumping to a 4-2 defeat in Rosario thanks to defending as bad as anything they managed in the first half of the season. The other three matches saw plenty of goals too: Vélez Sársfield beat Gimnasia 2-1 in Liniers; Tigre and Colón drew 2-2, and in the day’s first match Argentinos visited Lanús and ran out winners by an improbable 6-3 scoreline. You can watch all those goals right here.

Lanús put out their reserves on Saturday afternoon, in preparation for their Copa Libertadores opener at home to Libertad (this being CONMEBOL, the group stages start even before the qualifying rounds end this season), and were punished severely by Argentinos’ first team. After going 2-0 down in the 12th minute, Argentinos rallied and by the time Lanús’ third was scored in the 81st, the visitors already had six.

In Rosario Newell’s took a very early lead and went on to extend it before the match was even twenty minutes old to 3-0. Boca threatened to fight back when Martín Palermo cut the deficit with a penalty before half time, and Lucas Viatri’s late goal to make it 3-2 put them right back in it before Lucas Bernardi made the points safe for the hosts from long range. Newell’s played the last quarter of the match with ten men after Agustín Alayes’ red card, but claimed the win anyway. Both sides have now won one, drawn one and lost one, but the sense of doom surrounding Boca once more was in stark contrast to the optimism on the part of the rosarinos.

Vélez were another side to put out largely a second-string team in their match – their Copa Libertadores begins on Wednesday at home to Brazil’s Cruzeiro – but they won all the same against a very weak looking Gimnasia La Plata who offered little fight after the hosts took a 2-0 lead. In Victoria, Tigre were lucky to be let off the hook by Colón, despite playing half an hour with a man more – they drew 2-2.

Vélez 2 – 1 Gimnasia

Tigre 2 – 2 Colón

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6 thoughts on “Picking up where they left off

  1. After the fireworks of Lanús-Argentinos and Newell’s-Boca, what a terrible game River-Central is! They could play till tomorrow and not score at this rate. Every point is vital at the bottom, we need Gallardo on the pitch and a few free kicks for him to have a go at so Central don’t get any.
    Is Ayala playing tonight? El Cilindro will be rocking if it’s his debut. Surely a big win and advantage over Central, but River need to win first! (Can’t believe I want both River and Independiente to win this week!)

  2. Continued problems in the back for Boca. Swiss cheese would be an understatement. Munoz, despite supposed interest from many clubs in Europe, has been underwhelming, and he and Paletta seem to have no clue as to how to work together. Caceres is missed already. Ibarra is approaching fossil status and often seems to be going through the motions. Pato looks shellshocked. Battaglia not due back anytime soon.

    On the other side, Riquelme looks pretty good but he can’t do it all, and the next most talented player, Gaitan, is in need of a quick dose of maturity and humility.

    Plus, some of what’s his name’s substitutions have been, uh, curious.

    Baffled Bostero

  3. This is unbelieveable :-(
    Without De Oliveira, the score could have been 7-2. Ayala being outrun by Jara for the first Arsenal goal set the pattern – Racing’s defence was so slow it made Jara look like Usain Bolt. And this three at the back just seems to leave huge gaps when the wide players – are they midfielders, are they wingbacks? – get caught upfield on opposition counter attacks. It was so easy for Arsenal to pick us off time and again. A horrible match. I wasn’t too downhearted after the Colón games because we know they’re a good side, but Arsenal are not a good side, certainly not one that will ever challenge at the top.
    Of course, it’s only Ayala’s first game, but it isn’t going to get any easier, he has to get back to speed quickly and not keep getting embarrassed by average players like Jara.

    The two promoted sides are better than this. It’s back to hoping that Godoy Cruz will collapse, somehow we can stagger in ahead of preferably Central but GELP if not, and hope for the best in La Promo.
    Not a good night, I’m sorry I stayed up.

  4. i actually hope arsenal collapse rather than godoy cruz. there’s too many ugly kits with la nueva seguros sponsorship in primera this year jajaja. grondona’s team is 5million bux richer already with jara’s sale, eh?

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