Late goal drama in La Bombonera, fortunate River Plate and Talleres’ impressive campaign. This and much more in this week’s Argentine Superliga round-up

Superliga Argentina

Friday

Banfield picked up a valuable win over Gimnasia in La Plata. The visitors took the lead shortly after halftime via Dario Cvitanich. Mauricio Sperduti sealed Taladro’s victory 8 minutes before the final whistle with Banfield’s second goal of the game. Falcioni’s men have now picked up back to back wins, after not winning any of their 8 matches prior to this weekend. Brahian Aleman missed a penalty for Gimnasia, who are struggling to get any momentum behind them. Gimnasia 0 x 2 Banfield.

Godoy Cruz picked up a much-anticipated win over Primera-B bound Arsenal. They’ve now won 8 out of their 9 home matches, Mendoza is a true fortress. Racing Club were the only side to beat them in Mendoza. Angel Gonzalez the only scorer of the game. Godoy Cruz 1 x 0 Arsenal.

Talleres came from behind to continue their impressive campaign. A decently sized crowd in Cordoba saw Atletico Tucuman taking the lead early on. Attacking midfielder Rodrigo Aliendro the scorer for the visitors. Both sides had plenty of chances but it took Talleres up to the 75th minute to eventually find the net. Junior Arias’ equalizer was shortly followed up by a goal from Carlos Quintana, which put the hosts in front. They would eventually seal all three points in injury-time via Juan Ramirez. Talleres sit in 2nd on 38 points. An impressive campaign from a side who were playing in the lower divisions not too long ago. Talleres 3 x 1 Atletico Tucumán.

Saturday

Chacarita held Racing Club to a 1-1 draw. The hosts took a surprise lead against in-form Racing. A well-composed finish from Imbert was quickly nullified by Racing starlet Lautaro Martinez. The visitors had plenty of chances to take all three points but Chacarita managed to hold on to a point. A good result on itself, but it won’t be enough to keep them in the Superliga. Chacarita 1 x 1 Racing Club.

Olimpo suffered another defeat at the hands of Colon, who managed to score three past the Aurinegro. All goals would come after the 60th minute, with Javier Correa netting a brace. Olimpo’s chances of surviving relegation are getting slimmer by the week. Colon are in good form and should be able to qualify for a continental competition next year. They currently sit in 8th, which indeed grants a ticket to the Copa Sudamericana. Olimpo 0 x 3 Colon.

Boca Juniors failed to win last weekend away at Argentinos jrs and almost slipped up this weekend in front of their home fans against Tigre. Cardona had put the hosts in front but it looked like both sides would share a point after an 89th-minute goal from Perez Acuna. Boca, however, did manage to score a winner in the absolute dying seconds of the game: Gonzalo Jara slid in a low cross at the back post. There has been quite a bit of controversy this season with the AFA favouring Boca and these late goals will definitely add to that. There’s, however, no doubt that Boca are deservedly sitting in first. They have by far been the best side this season and should claim the Superliga title. Boca Juniors 2 x 1 Tigre.

River Plate have struggled this season and needed a bit of fortune to pick up their first win in 6 matches. No goals were scored in Parana approaching fulltime but a last-minute own goal from Adrian Balboa gifted River Plate all three points. An unfortunate event for Patronato, who had been in good form recently. River might have picked up all three points but this result doesn’t take anything away from the club’s current state. It may however just be the boost that Gallardo’s men need to get back on track. Patronato 0 x 1 River Plate.

Sunday

We had one clásico this weekend: Huracan hosted San Lorenzo in the Estadio Tomás Adolfo Ducó. The hosts took the lead shortly before halftime in a close encounter. Ignacio Pussetto found Andres Chavez who easily slotted home. The former is under heavy interest from Portuguese giants Benfica, who’ll aim to up their 4 M bid after the season. San Lorenzo gave up a good fight and managed to equalize late on. Nicolas Reniero’s goal saw both sides sharing a point each. Huracan 1 x 1 San Lorenzo.

Lanus and Estudiantes played out a dull 0-0 on Sunday evening. The hosts lacked firepower up front while a slightly rotated Estudiantes side wasn’t able to create any real danger in front of Lanus’goal. A fairly disappointing game with both sides probably happy to not to lose here. Lanus 0 x 0 Estudiantes.

The next game proved to be a lot more attractive as Velez played out an entertaining 2-2 draw with Rosario Central. Velez took the lead via Matias Vargas. The promising youngster showed some nice footwork in the box and managed to find a gap between all Central defenders. Central would overturn their 1-0 deficit but an 80th-minute goal from Rodrigo Salinas saw both sides leaving the pitch with a point each. Velez 2 x 2 Rosario Central.

Independiente picked up a much-needed win over Argentinos jrs. Gigliotti and Argentine NT-bound Maximiliano Meza put the hosts in a comfortable 2-0 lead early on. Lucas Barrios got back on the pitch for the visitors after an injury and proved his class with a late consolation goal. It was, however, all she wrote in the Estadio Libertadores de América. Independiente 2 x 1 Argentinos jrs.

Monday

Belgrano secured a point in the absolute dying seconds against Defensa y Justicia. The hosts took the lead via Ciro Rius and should have kept all three points in Florencio Varela. Especially after Belgrano were down to 10 late on: Juan Quiroga got sent off after receiving his second yellow. Paraguayan forward Epifanio Garcia had other plans: He unleashed a first-time shot from 25 yards out which flew in the back of the net. Defensa 1 x 1 Belgrano.

Union comfortably saw off a relegation-threatened Temperley side. A brace from striker Franco Soldano and a penalty from Lucas Gamba saw the hosts claim a 3-0 victory. A deserved victory for Union who are still in contention for continental football next season. Union 3 x 0 Temperley.

Newell’s picked up a much-needed win over San Martin in the last game of Fecha 19. It was their first game under Omar de Felippe, and probably the best game of their fairly disappointing season so far. 21- year old Joaquin Torres looked bright for the hosts. The tiny winger impressed with his dribbling, speed and key passes. He also opened the scoring for Newell’s. Luis Leal doubled their lead and secured a much-earned victory for La Lepra. A promising start for Newell’s under de Felippe. Newell’s 2 x 0 San Martin.

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Vincent van Raam
South American football enthusiast covering Argentina for @ByFarBlog.