Independiente win with a caretaker boss (video)

Wednesday night saw two big matches in Argentina: Independiente vs San Martín de San Juan, left over from the first round of the Torneo Apertura due to Independiente’s pre-season trip to Japan, and Godoy Cruz vs Lanús in the second leg of the Copa Sudamericana qualifiers. The latter finished goalless, sending Godoy through on away goals (they’d drawn the first leg 2-2), but Independiente, with caretaker manager Cristian Díaz in charge – Ramón Díaz (no relation) is heavily tipped to take over in the next day or two – finally won a game, 2-1, although it was nervy at the end. You can see the goals from that one right here.

Independiente 2 – 1 San Martín

Cristian Pellerano scored Independiente’s first, and the lead was doubled when Pablo Cantero turned the ball into his own net. Diego García pulled one back for San Martín early in the second half and set up an onslaught from the visitors, but the Rojo did enough to hold onto the points.

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