Friday’s and Saturday’s games in the 2013 Torneo Final only saw a few goals, with over half of them concentrated in just one match – the first of the weekend. Colón and Tigre met in Santa Fe and the hosts ran out 3-2 winners to get their first win of the year. Later on Friday, Belgrano and Arsenal de Sarandí drew 1-1. On Saturday, Argentinos Juniors got their first win of the year, beating All Boys 1-0 in the clásico, and there were two other games; River Plate and Vélez Sarsfield drew 0-0, and Racing got a late winner from Javier Cámpora to beat Estudiantes 1-0 away in La Plata. All the goals so far this weekend are right here.
Colón 3 – 2 Tigre
Facundo Curuchet and Sebastián Prediger gave the hosts the lead in this game, putting them 2-0 up after just 18 minutes. Ten minutes later the match was level again, thanks to two goals from Ezequiel Maggiolo for Tigre. In the second half, the game was similarly open, with Colón having perhaps just the better of the chances – the home side eventually got their first win of the Torneo Final thanks to an Emanuel Gigliotti goal with four minutes to play.
Belgrano 1 – 1 Arsenal
This was a match defined by two fine headers – Luciano Lollo’s well-placed effort put Belgrano ahead ten minutes before half time; Diego Braghieri got the visitors’ equaliser in the 63rd minute with a brave header at the far post.
Argentinos 1 – 0 All Boys
This wasn’t a classic for the ages, but it wasn’t a bad game, either. Argentinos played much less attractive football than under Gabriel Schurrer, but crucially they got the win, courtesy of a fine goal from Juan Luis Anangonó León four minutes into the second half.
River Plate 0 – 0 Vélez Sarsfield
River had more chances, Vélez had more possession; neither were especially good. That’s about all you need to know about this one. Trust me, you don’t need to see the highlights.
Estudiantes 0 – 1 Racing
The first half of this one was absolutely bloody awful. I didn’t see the second half, but Javier Cámpora got the only goal of the game with four minutes to go, so even if nothing else happened after the break, the second half was still better than the first.