BUENOS AIRES ( Associated Press) — San Lorenzo and Independiente drew 1-1, while Racing Club defeated Huracán 2-0 at home, in matches played on Saturday for the first round of the Argentine soccer league.
For his part, Mauro Zárate had a happy debut in Platense by converting a penalty in the 2-1 victory at home over Godoy Cruz.
In the “New Gasometer”, the “Ciclón” and the “Rojo” -two teams in crisis- animated an attractive derby.
Independiente, superior in the process, took the lead in the second minute of injury time, with a headed goal by Leandro Benegas.
San Lorenzo, with Rubén Darío Insúa as the new coach, tied at 58 through Paraguayan Adam Bareiro, also by air.
“I can’t pretend to have an oiled team in 11 days,” said Insúa, who returned to the club after almost two decades.
At the venue, Siro Rosane was expelled for rough play, after the intervention of the VAR.
“We’re not happy, these games can’t escape us,” lamented the visiting coach, Eduardo Domínguez.
Racing, with Colombian Edwin Cardona as the starter, recovered from the tough elimination in the Copa Sudamericana.
The “Academy” beat Huracán in the “Cilindro” with goals in the complement of Tomás Chancalay and substitute Jonathan Gómez.
The “Globo”, which premiered Diego Dabove as coach, played the second half with ten, due to the expulsion of César Ibáñez.
Meanwhile, Zárate returned to Argentine soccer after passing through América MG and Juventude from Brazil and did so with the right foot.
The former player from Vélez, West Ham, Lazio and Boca Juniors, among others, entered as a substitute and from 12 steps sealed Platense’s comeback against Godoy Cruz, in a duel between teams threatened by relegation.
Mendoza’s team took the lead with a goal from Gonzalo Abrego. The host equalized with a penalty from Gonzalo Bergessio.
At 84, Zárate changed a penalty into a goal after a handball charged by Mauro Vigliano at the request of the VAR.
“I made the commitment to achieve a goal and I am going to do my best to achieve it. We have to leave Platense in First Division”, declared the 35-year-old midfielder.
The Uruguayan Alexander Medina made his debut as coach of Vélez with a 1-1 draw in Paraná with Patronato.
The “Fortín”, River Plate’s next rival in the round of 16 of the Copa Libertadores, took advantage with a goal from Lucas Janson. The “Patron”, in the relegation zone, equalized with a penalty from Jonathan Herrera.
With goals from Juan García and Ramiro Sordo, Newell’s Old Boys took a valuable 2-1 victory from their visit to Banfield, which was discounted by a Giuliano Galoppo penalty.
Atlético Tucumán rescued a 1-1 draw against Colón at the end, with a header from Cristian Menéndez. For the visit, Facundo Farías had scored as a penalty. In the “Dean” Marcelo Ortiz saw the red one.
On Sunday the two “greats” of local football will make their presentation. Boca, recent champion of the League Cup, will receive Arsenal, while River, defending the league title, will visit Defense and Justice.