Gimnasia win first match under Maradona

Source: Xinhua| 2019-10-06 08:40:07|Editor: ZD
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BUENOS AIRES, Oct. 5 (Xinhua) -- Gimnasia y Esgrima registered their first win under head coach Diego Maradona on Saturday, beating Godoy Cruz 4-2 away from home in the Argentine Superliga.

The result broke a run of seven consecutive defeats for Gimnasia, the last three of which came with Maradona in charge.

"We were made to suffer but we managed to win by playing as a team," Maradona, 58, told reporters after the match.

Leandro Contin and Victor Ayala struck early for the visitors before Juan Brunetta pegged a goal back just before halftime for Godoy Cruz.

Defender Joaquin Varela was sent off for a second yellow card early in the second half as Gimnasia pressed for a third goal.

Brunetta struck his second goal against the run of play before the hosts were reduced to nine men when Miguel Jacquet was also dismissed for a second bookable offence.

The visitors then netted twice in four minutes, through Ayala and Matias Garcia, as they secured their first win of the season.

Gimnasia rose one place to 23rd in the 24-team standings with one win, one draw and seven losses. Godoy Cruz dropped to last place with one win and eight losses from nine matches.

Maradona was appointed Gimnasia's head coach on September 5 after agreeing to a contract that runs until the end of the 2019-20 Superliga season next May.