MacAllister brothers shine for Argentinos, Boca snatch late win and Arsenal relegated: Superliga round-up.

Superliga Argentina

Friday

Huracan and Banfield shared a point each in the opening game of Fecha 21. Dario Cvitanich’s penalty was cancelled out by a goal from Daniel Montenegro. Both sides don’t really benefit from a draw but they ‘ll be happy not to lose here. A good campaign so far from Huracan who’ve secured safety. Huracan 1 x 1 Banfield.

Racing have produced some exciting games under Chacho Coudet and their game away at Belgrano proved to be no different. An entertaining affair saw both sides hitting the net twice. Ricky Centurion was in the centre of attention once more as he picked up a red card. His qualities on the pitch were visible once again but he was let down by his own mentality. Ricky received a yellow for arguing with the ref but he kept on going and received another one straight after. A soft blow for Racing who’ll have to play without him next week. Belgrano 2 x 2 Racing.

Saturday

Newell’s picked up an important but narrow win over Tigre. A soft blow to their victory was the early departure of Sarmiento, who looked to pick up a pretty serious injury. The visitors should be safe by now as their gap with Olimpo should be too hard to overcome for Olimpo. Newell’s 2 x 1 Tigre.

Velez and Estudiantes featured in the most goal-crazy game of the weekend. A massive 6 goals were scored which is usually something unheard of in games where Estudiantes are involved. Pavone and Otero gave the La Plata-based side a comfortable lead. All looked good when Luis Abram got himself sent off for Velez in the 36th minute. A 2-goal lead and a man advantage, nothing could wrong, right? Well, Velez had other plans. Rodrigo Salinas headed home a corner shortly before halftime and Mauro Zaraté then equalized with a beauty of a goal from distance. Some nice footwork by Mati Vargas followed by a quick shot even gave Velez the lead despite them being a man down. They were however not able to hold on to their lead as Facundo Sanchez equalised with 12 minutes to go. Velez 3 x 3 Estudiantes.

The MacAllister brothers shone once again as Argentinos picked up a 1-3 victory away at Gimnasia. Alexis MacAllister came on as a sub in the second half, assisted his brother and scored the 3rd Argentinos goal himself. A good win for El Bicho who’ve had a good campaign since their promotion. Gimnasia 1 x 3 Argentinos jrs.

It looked like Union secured all three points at home against San Martin as they went 1-0 up in the 83rd minute. Claudio Spinelli had other plans, however. The San Martin youngster equalized in the 88th minute which resulted in both sides picking up a point each. Spinelli has been in great form since his debut, scoring or assisting a goal every 92 minutes. Union 1 x 1 San Martin.

Independiente were stunned at home by Atletico Tucumán as the visitors surprisingly picked up a 0-2 victory. Midfielder Guillermo Acosta was the star of the show, scoring both goals. An impressive win for El Decano who are aiming for a finish that guarantees them a ticket to the Copa Sudamericana next year. Independiente 0 x 2 Atletico Tucumán.

Sunday

It wasn’t pretty but River got the job done in the ridiculously early kick-off on Sunday. At 11 am local time, Defensa y Justicia hosted River. The hosts took the lead via Marquez, but River turned their 1-0 deficit around with goals from Pinola, Pratto and Pity Martinez. Defensa y Justicia 1 x 3 River Plate.

Arsenal are the first official team to go down to the Primera B. A 2-2 draw away at Chacarita Juniors wasn’t a bad result on itself but Patronato’s win over Central meant that Arsenal had no chances of escaping the relegation zone. It had been coming for Arsenal who had been on the highest level for 16 years. Chacarita 2 x 2 Arsenal de Sarandi. Patronato 3 x 0 Rosario Central.

Boca snatched a last-minute winner against Talleres in the Bombonera. 2nd-placed Talleres could’ve closed the gap to 3 points with a win vs Boca. Come to the end of the game, everything was still possible with the score still tied at 1-1. A last-minute goal from Pablo Perez saw Boca extending their lead at the top to 9 points. A gap that should be too difficult to overcome. Boca 2 x 1 Talleres.

Lanus’ disappointing season continued as they were beaten at home by San Lorenzo. Club top scorer Nicolas Blandi opened the scoring and a late own goal from Lanus secured all three points for El Ciclon, who’ll aim for a 2nd place finish. Lanus 0 x 2 San Lorenzo.

Monday

Olimpo drew 1-1 with Temperley in a future Primera B clash. Both sides have very little to narrow chances of surviving the drop and a point here doesn’t benefit either of them. Tellechea and Brandan the scorers. Olimpo 1 x 1 Temperley.

Godoy Cruz picked up another home win in Mendoza as they saw off Colon. The hosts have now won 9 out of their 10 home games. An impressive run which sees them surprisingly sit in 3rd. It did, however, look to be Godoy Cruz’s first draw at home but an injury-time winner from Santiago Garcia kept all three points in Mendoza. Godoy Cruz 2 x 1 Colon.

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