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Superliga Argentina 2019-20
  • Matias Garcia (52')
  • Diego González (36')
  • Federico Zaracho (54')

Maradona's club suffer 2-1 defeat on new coaching debut

LA PLATA, Argentina, Sept 15 (Reuters) - The Diego Maradona era as coach of Argentine side Gimnasia y Esgrima began with a loss on Sunday as defensive errors contributed to the club’s 2-1 league defeat at home to Racing.

Maradona, who took over at the ailing club last week, was an animated presence on the home touchline in La Plata, near Buenos Aires.

However, a goalkeeping error allowed Racing to take the lead 36 minutes into the match and although Matias Garcia equalised for Gimnasia six minutes into the second half they went behind again two minutes later after hesitant defending let Federico Zaracho grab a winner.

"I thought the team played well, the lads were great, but we need to keep working," said Maradona, who is coaching in his homeland for the first time since he led the national team in 2010. "We’re not finished yet."

The result was Gimnasia’s fifth defeat in their first six league games and leaves the club rooted to the bottom of the 24-team table with one point. (Reporting by Ramiro Scandolo, writing by Andrew Downie; editing by Clare Fallon)

Argentine Superliga Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Boca Juniors 23 +27 48
2 River Plate 23 +23 47
3 Vélez Sarsfield 23 +13 39
4 Racing Club 23 +5 39
5 Argentinos Juniors 23 +5 39
6 Defensa y Justicia 23 +8 36
7 Lanús 23 +3 36
8 San Lorenzo 23 +2 36
9 Rosario Central 23 +2 36
10 Newell's Old Boys 23 +8 35
11 Arsenal de Sarandí 23 +5 34
12 Talleres (Córdoba) 23 +4 34
13 Estudiantes de La Plata 23 +1 30
14 Independiente 23 +2 29
15 Atlético Tucumán 23 -3 29
16 Unión (Santa Fe) 23 -9 27
17 Banfield 23 -4 26
18 Central Córdoba (Santiago del Estero) 23 -8 26
19 Gimnasia La Plata 23 -1 23
20 Patronato 23 -12 23
21 Huracán 23 -10 22
22 Aldosivi 23 -15 22
23 Colón (Santa Fe) 23 -22 18
24 Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba 23 -24 18