Defensa and Justicia 2-1 Independiente: Visitors slump again as poor form continues

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Defensa and Justicia enjoyed a mesmerising home victory against Independiente at Estadio Norberto Tomaghello on Thursday. Defensa and Justicia were looking to get back their winning ways after losing their last match 2-0 to CA Sarmiento. Independiente, on the other hand, secured a point against Rosario Central in their previous match. As it stands, Defensa and Justicia and Independiente currently occupy 18th and 24th spots in the table, with 10 points and 8 points respectively after 9 matches.

Defensa and Justicia started strong and were rewarded for their efforts, when Manuel Duarte found the net in the 28th minute and managed to see out the first half 1-0.

Defensa and Justicia continued to apply pressure in the second and were rewarded, thanks to a goal from Adonis Frias at the 64 minute mark. Independiente in turn, then responded just before the final whistle increasing their lead with an effort from Alex Vigo. When the final wisthle blew, the result was 2-1 to Defensa and Justicia.

Substitutions for Defensa and Justicia included Nicolas Fernandez, Tomas Cardona, Gabriel Alanis and Julian Lopez for Fabricio Dominguez, Lucas Albertengo, Manuel Duarte and Tomas Ezequiel Galvan, repectively. Independiente brought on Santiago Hidalgo, Damian Batallini, Ramiro Lobo, Sergio Fabian Ortiz and Lucas Gonzalez, to replace Juan Cazares, Ivan Marcone, Tomas Agustin Pozzo, Lucas Romero and Sergio Barreto.

The referee booked Manuel Duarte and Kevin Gutierrez from Defensa and Justicia and Kevin Gutierrez (2 yellow cards) went off with a red card, while Independiente’s Ivan Marcone, Lucas Romero, Lucas Rodriguez, Tomas Agustin Pozzo, Leandro Fernandez and Alex Vigo also received a yellow.

Defensa and Justicia will play their next fixture away against Newell’s Old Boys, while Independiente will face Atlético Tucumán at home.

Technical card:
Defensa and Justicia:Ezequiel Unsain, Adonis Frias, Nazareno Colombo, Manuel Duarte (Gabriel Alanis, min.79), Fabricio Dominguez (Nicolas Fernandez, min.55), Nicolas Tripichio, Kevin Gutierrez, Gaston Togni, Alexis Soto, Tomas Ezequiel Galvan (Julian Lopez, min.89) and Lucas Albertengo (Tomas Cardona, min.79)
Independiente:Sebastian Sosa, Alex Vigo, Juan Insaurralde, Sergio Barreto (Lucas Gonzalez, min.74), Lucas Rodriguez, Tomas Agustin Pozzo (Ramiro Lobo, min.66), Ivan Marcone (Damian Batallini, min.65), Lucas Romero (Sergio Fabian Ortiz, min.74), Leandro Fernandez, Alan Sonora and Juan Cazares (Santiago Hidalgo, min.46)
Stadium:Estadio Norberto Tomaghello
Goals:Manuel Duarte (1-0, min. 28), Adonis Frias (2-0, min. 64) and Alex Vigo (2-1, min. 90)