Newell’s Old Boys fell to a fifth defeat in their last 8 games as fans returned to the stands at the Estadio Marcelo Bielsa on Friday night.
With an inexperienced back four and the Paraguayan José Canale making his full debut, La Lepra went behind within minutes of the match starting when Juan Manuel Lucero headed in from close range after cross from the left.
Newell’s struggled to cope with the pace of the game and Ignacio Scocco, who went closest to equalising in the first half, was the only player who looked like changing things. It took until the 81st minute for the next goal to be scored with Cristian Tarragona capitalising on a bad mistake from Manuel Capasso to slot home past Alan Aguerre.
Substitute Juan Garro added a late consolation in injury-time but there wasn’t enough time for Newell’s to try and level it.
The team’s bad run of form doesn’t seem like abating and the return of the fans, albeit without their flags, drums and pyro, didn’t seem to give the players any extra boost on the pitch.
Watch the highlights of the match below.