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The forward received a cross pass from Nadalín and converted the 1-1 that prevented the fall of his team against a rival of the First National.

Newell’s Old Boys played their second pre-season friendly and, like last week, Ignacio Scocco saved them from defeat. With 15 minutes remaining until the end of the match, the striker received an assist from Facundo Nadalín and scored the final 1-1 against Atlético de Rafaela, a rival who plays in the First National.

The team led by Frank Kudelka -that came from drawing against Unión seven days ago, also with another goal from Scocco- was superior during the match, but exhibited some defensive flaws and lacked forcefulness in attack, two factors that kept him from winning the victory.

Rafaela, who is led by Walter Otta, took the lead 17 minutes into the second half through a goal from Ayrton Portillo, who took advantage of a mismatch in the last local line to overcome the resistance of Alan Aguerre.

A few minutes later it was the turn of the wonderful play of Scocco, who after the precise pass of Nadalín he defined a hole on goalkeeper Matías Tagliamonte to stamp the final tie.

Newell’s started the game from lowest to highest and had control of the ball, although it lacked some pepper in attack to create danger. One of the high points in Kudelka’s team was Maxi Rodríguez, who is now moving behind the forwards and built good partnerships with Scocco and Francisco González, one of the jewels of the youth squad.

In the framework of these game circuits, Newell’s could have scored another goal: first a Gonzalez header crashed into the post; then a shot from Maxi Rodríguez burst the crossbar and finally two goals were annulled: one at the fair and another to Scocco.

Kudelka stopped these 11 starters in this match: Alan Aguerre; Facundo Nadalín, Manuel Guanini, Fabricio Fontanini, Mariano Bittolo; Nicolás Castro, Julián Fernández, Aníbal Moreno; Francisco González, Ignacio Scocco and Maxi Rodríguez.

The midfielder Pablo Pérez and the defender Santiago Gentiletti, two regular starters in the coach’s scheme, could not be from the game this time because they had close contact with a person who tested positive for coronavirus.

For its part, Atletico de Rafaela lined up the following 11: Matías Tagliamonte; Lucas Blondel, Gastón Tellechea, Stefano Brundo, Ángelo Martino; Ayrton Portillo, Emiliano Romero, Facundo Soloa, Matías Valdivia; Maxi Bustamante and Juan Cruz Esquivel.

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