A Panchito González header helped Newell’s Old Boys to victory in their opening game of the 2022 Copa de la Liga. Played in front of a packed Estadio Marcelo Bielsa, the opposition played the majority of the game with just ten men on the field with Nazareno Colombo having been sent off with just 20 minutes on the clock for a bad challenge on Juan Garro.
It took Newell’s some time to break the deadlock and the home team had clocked up over 10 shots on goal before debutant Armando Méndez fired a deep cross into the box for Francisco González to head home at the back post.
Even with a man short, Sebastian Beccacece’s Defensa y Justicia still threatened but Iván Arboleda put in a fine debut performance between the sticks while the returning Leonel Vangioni and new man Willer Ditta also impressed.
Watch the highlights of the match below.