Part of this post should have gone up on Sunday night, but I didn’t have time for it – apologies. Anyway, Sunday’s Torneo Final matches saw a dull superclásico whose main talking points were Manu Lanzini scoring the fastest goal in the fixture’s history to put River 1-0 up, before Santiago Silva equalised, and a hold-up during the second half caused by Boca Juniors’ barra brava which looks set to result in the closure of some sections of La Bombonera for Boca’s next home games. Independiente got a second straight win, and Atlético Rafaela came from behind to beat San Martín de San Juan 2-1, courtesy of not one but two late penalties – the second of which was highly debatable. On Monday, All Boys and Estudiantes bored everyone to death, before Arsenal de Sarandí got a 2-0 win over Newell’s Old Boys in a far more entertaining game. All the goals are here.
Tigre 0 – 2 Independiente
Independiente took an early lead thanks to a brilliantly opportunistic 35-yard lob from young star Adrián Fernández. A battling first half was capped off in the 39th minute when Fernández doubled the lead, rather more fortuitously, with a shot that was too hard for Tigre goalkeeper Javier García to stop. Two wins in a row leave Independiente hopeful; win next weekend, and if Quilmes fail to win their match Independiente will be outside the relegation zone. The nature of the promedio table and the fact that Quilmes have played fewer games means Independiente’s survival won’t actually be in their owns hands even if that happens, but of course no-one’s paying any attention to that fact.
Boca Juniors 1 – 1 River Plate
Manuel Lanzini headed in to put River ahead after just 43 seconds, breaking current Boca midfielder Pablo Ledesma’s two year-old record for the fastest goal in superclásico history by six seconds. River should have been two or three up by half time – Carlos Sánchez chipping agonisingly wide and Rogelio Funes Mori blazing inches over the crossbar – but Santiago Silva put Boca level in the 38th minute, and the second was so dull (on the pitch, if not off it) that a goal from either side never looked especially likely, though River goalkeeper Marcelo Barovero did well to deny Boca what would have been a rather fortunate win late on. Boca’s run of eleven games without a win in the league is a new club record, whilst the two points dropped by River means they were left hoping for a Newell’s Old Boys defeat on Monday to stay in touch in the title race.
Rafaela 2 – 1 San Martín
Lucas Landa headed San Martín into the lead 16 minutes in, and they looked to be cruising towards a fairly straightforward win against ten men, having seen Rafaela’s Matías Fissore sent off half an hour in. In the 83rd minute, Santiago Hoyos brought down Federico González, was shown a red card, and the Rafaela striker scored the penalty. A draw it was, then – until in the 88th minute, Landa was whistled up and booked for bringing down Jonathan López in the box. San Martín hit the roof; no contact was apparent. González scored the penalty, Andrés Alderete was sent off for protesting, and Rafaela took home all the points.
(Yes, the commentator in this video calls González ‘Fernández’. No, I haven’t got his name wrong.)
All Boys 0 – 0 Estudiantes de La Plata
I’d love to say something about this one, but I’ve already forgotten about it. No, sorry. It’s just a blank.
Arsenal 2 – 0 Newell’s
Darío Benedetto fired Arsenal into a very quick 2-0 lead after just over quarter of an hour with two fantastic goals; the first was a smart take down, turn and thumping finish from just inside the box after six minutes, the second a barnstorming drive from a little over 20 yards, sixteen minutes in. Newell’s hit the woodwork twice and Benedetto smacked the crossbar, all before half time. In the second half, Newell’s manager Gerardo Martino was sent off after an altercation with referee Juan Pablo Pompei saw the ref push Martino in the chest prior to showing him the card.