The first-half sending off of Djorkaeff Reasco proved the main talking point after Arsenal’s visit to Rosario on Tuesday afternoon.
The Ecuadorian forward saw red after receiving two yellow cards from referee Yael Falcon Perez and Newell’s were left to play the entire second-half with ten men. In truth, the home side still finished the match with more possession and chances than Arsenal and a stranger to the game wouldn’t have been able to notice that El Arse had an advantage.
Despite Arsenal’s lack of enthusiasm going forward, Newell’s were wasteful in attack and a few half-chances from the head of Juan Manuel García were all La Lepra had to show for the game. Neither goalkeeper had much to do and Adrián Coria’s Newell’s spent most of the game trying to find the target-man García in the box from wide on the flanks, much to no avail. With just over 5 minutes remaining, the stadium thought that Newell’s had won a late penalty but that decision was overruled after Juan Garro was judged to have been offside before he was fouled in the box.
A point is welcome after Djorkaeff left the field so early on but you do wonder if with 11 men, Newell’s would have faired any better. The Lepers have scored just one goal in their last four games.
Watch the highlights of the match below.