Argentina’s champions start with a win

Independiente 2-2 Vélez
Facundo Parra stabs home Independiente's opener

Estudiantes impressed in the first half, and rode their luck in the second. Friday night still saw them start their Clausura campaign with a victory though, 2-1 over Newell’s Old Boys, for whom loan signing Claudio Bieler from Racing missed a sitter. Gastón Fernández and Gabriel Mercado scored Estudiantes’ goals. In Avellaneda, a thoroughly entertaining opener saw Independiente and Vélez draw 2-2, with Wednesday’s penalty-winning national team hero Juan Manuel Martínez grabbing an equaliser for Vélez with twelve minutes to go, after they’d been 2-0 down at half time. All the goals are right here.

Estudiantes de La Plata 2 – 1 Newell’s Old Boys

Independiente 2 – 2 Vélez Sarsfield

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3 thoughts on “Argentina’s champions start with a win

  1. Love Maxi’s goal celebration, even though I hate that he plays for Vélez. No, Maxi, I couldn’t hear anything either :-)

  2. I still don’t understand this new passive/active offside rule. Perhaps I should ask Sian Massey. I’ve looked at the second Vélez goal four time, and Martínez is definitely offside when the ball is played forward by Maxi, so why didn’t he become active when it was headed back into his path? Not that I’m complaining though. :-)

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