Independent had to show that he was not on his knees. And he did. After the tough elimination from the Copa Argentina at the hands of Talleres, Julio César Falcioni’s team did not shine, but they showed signs of life and beat Arsenal for their fifth consecutive win in the League. Temperament and defensive solidity were the foundations on which Avellaneda’s men built a hard-fought victory. El Rojo, a team that in times of crisis has nothing left over, had to invest industrial amounts of sweat to prevail over an opponent that fights for permanence.
It was a close game, fought, with more battle than ideas, with more fight than lucidity. Independiente got up early at Ass with an early goal from youthful Nicolás Vallejo, who played his first starting match. He entered the field winning practically from the locker room. After that action, those led by Falcioni had a hard time keeping the ball. In fact, heSarandí’s men had 70% possession. Arsenal managed times, spaces and exercised territorial control. The locals never fell into the field of resignation and looked for a tie until the end, but they did not have fluidity. The centers were the way to try to break a defense that was solid despite the absence of an important piece like Chaco Insaurralde, who woke up with a feverish picture and was replaced by Joaquín Laso. In the Ass it was to highlight Chimino’s impetus, but he did not reach him with that.
The work of the last line was crucial for the Red to have managed to take the three points. Independiente gave a show of character because he managed to overcome even the absence of his double five: the captain, Lucas Romero, could not play because he is torn and Iván Marcone was not there either because he had to serve a suspension date after reaching the fifth yellow. The Emperor’s set ended up defending too close to his bow. Outside his stadium he was not afraid to give up the initiative and he had no itches: the defense mercilessly burst the ball when it was necessary to move away the danger.
Arsenal is still nine points ahead of Aldosivi in the race not to be relegated. And Rojo is seven points behind Tigre, the last team that is in the qualifying zone for the South American.