May 21, 2013
Poor start for River Plate in First Division
Soccer - Initial tournament
River Plate had a poor start in their return to the First Division yesterday when they lost 2-1 against Belgrano at the Monumental stadium. San Lorenzo beat San Martín of San Juan 2-1 with on goal scored by new signing Franco Jara.
In the opening round of the Initial Tournament, Lucas Melano and César Carranza scored for the visitors, while Manuel Lanzini discounted for Matías Almeyda’s side, who had a clear opportunity to tie the game in the 87th when Rogelio Funes Mori missed a penalty. After that, Belgrano’s goalkeeper Juan Carlos Olave was sent off by referee Germán Delfino.
In the 44th, Melano took advantage of a mistake from keeper Daniel Vega to put the team from Córdoba ahead and Carranza doubled the difference in the 46th. Lanzini netted for River with a freekick in the 75th.
Next week, Almeyda’s side will visit Estudiantes de La Plata.
Earlier, San Lorenzo, who beat Instituto in a promotion-relegation playoff to stay in the First Division, made a positive debut in the Initial Tournament with a 2-1 victory against San Martín of San Juan yesterday at the Nuevo Gasómetro stadium.
Leandro Romagnoli and Franco Jara, one of the new signings, scored in the first half for Ricardo Caruso Lombardi’s side. San Martín found the net with a header by Sebastián Penco, who entered to the game in the second half.
Jara, Denis Stracqualursi, Luis Aguiar, Juan Mercier and Gonzalo Prósperi made their debut with San Lorenzo.
Caruso Lombardi’s side will visit Belgrano in the next round. San Martín will play against Colón.
Also yesterday, Godoy Cruz and All Boys drew 1-1 at the Malvinas Argentinas stadium in Mendoza.
David Ramírez scored with a penalty in the 13th to put the host ahead, while Iván Borghello equalized two minutes later.
Godoy Cruz will face Unión next week, while All Boys will play against Quilmes.
Today, Tigre will receive Estudiantes de La Plata at 8.10pm in the last match of the first round of the championship.
Herald staff with agencies