December 13, 2013
Initial tournamentMonday, August 26, 2013
River, with Gutiérrez, loses at home
Zubeldía sacked by Racing; Brindisi leaves Independiente today
River suffered a disappointing 2-1 defeat at home against Colón in the debut of Colombian striker Teófilo Gutiérrez. Racing fired coach Luis Zubeldía after the team’s poor start in the tournament, while Independiente’s Miguel Brindisi will leave his post today.
River Plate, with the debut of Colombian striker Teófilo Gutiérrez, lost 2-1 against Colón at the Monumental stadium in a match for the fourth round of the Initial Tournament.
Facundo Curuchet and Rubén Ramírez scored for the visitors in the 51st and 76th minutes, respectively, while Gutiérrez pulled one back for River in the 87th.
Ramón Díaz’s side dominated the ball during the whole match, but they failed to turn their superior possession into goals. Colón played with a counter attack style and took advantage of its few chances to score and win the match.
It was the second defeat for River in the tournament and has four points after the same number of games. The team coached by Rubén Forestello has seven.
Gutiérrez finally made his debut with River as his transfer was authorized. His former club Cruz Azul of Mexico said that it received the money on Friday.
It was the first victory for Colón at the Monumental since the Apertura Tournament 2007.
Earlier, Olimpo and All Boys drew 1-1 at the Roberto Carminatti stadium in Bahía Blanca. Jonathan ferrari put the visitors ahead in the 13th minute, but Agustín Vuletich equalized for Olimpo in the 34th.
Racing’s young coach Luis Zubeldía has been sacked after 15 months in charge following a poor start to the season, the club said yesterday.
Zubeldia, the first coach to lose his job this season after only four rounds of matches, leaves the team bottom of the standings with one point in the championship.
“Owing to the bad start to the season, the club’s authorities have taken the decision not to continue with the footballing cycle that had begun in May 2012,” Racing said in a statement.
Racing looked set for a good season after the 32-year-old Zubeldía ended last season well, promoting young talents and winning its last three matches, and reaching the final of the Copa Argentina knockout competition.
But after one draw and three successive defeats in the league this season, the club board have lost faith in him.
Also, coach Miguel Brindisi will leave Independiente today after the poor start of the team in the National B Division.
Brindisi met with club’s President Javier Cantero yesterday and decided that his cycle in charge of Independiente was over. The Reds have not won in the tournament yet and have only two points after four matches.
Herald with agencies
FOURTH ROUND RESULTS — On Friday: Belgrano 1 Gimnasia (LP) 2; Atl. Rafaela 0 Newell’s 2; Racing 0 Arsenal 2. On Saturday: Vélez 0 Lanús 0; Argentinos 1 Tigre 0; Rosario Central 1 Godoy Cruz 0. On Sunday: Olimpo 1 All Boys 1; River 1 Colón 2; Estudiantes v Boca (late). Today at 8.15pm: Quilmes v San Lorenzo.
NEXT ROUND — On Saturday: Newell’s v Estudiantes; Tigre v Quilmes; All Boys v Racing; Lanús v Olimpo. On Sunday: Boca v Vélez; Colón v Rosario Central; Gimnasia (LP) v Godoy Cruz; San Lorenzo v River. On Monday: Belgrano v Atl. Rafaela; Arsenal v Argentinos.
LEADING GOALSCORERS: 3 — F. Rásic (Gimnasia); S. Silva (Lanús); M. Cauteruccio (San Lorenzo).
RELEGATION AVERAGE: Tigre 1.263; All Boys 1.225; Atl. Rafaela 1.213; Argentinos 1.188; Godoy Cruz 1.138; Olimpo 0.500.