For supporters of Racing Club de Avellaneda, the 2013 Torneo Inicial has been nothing less than dismal.
Heading into this week, one of Argentina's traditional giants sat rock bottom of the Primera Division table with just two points from their opening 12 matches, having scored just four goals. On Monday evening, they claimed a 1-0 win at fellow strugglers Olimpo to move on to five points, but a trip to Gimnasia LP—unbeaten at home—was the last thing they would have wanted this weekend.
Nonetheless, seemingly renewed with fresh hope and impetus, Reinaldo Merlo's side claimed a shocking second win of the season, largely down to the precocious brilliance of young striker Luciano Vietto as they emerged 3-1 winners.
The 19-year-old is, unquestionably, one of the bright young things in Argentine football, but with his surroundings having proven so miserable in the last three months, it's been no surprise to see his performance levels drop.
However, in La Plata, Vietto gave the kind of showing of which he is capable. Playing as a secondary striker, he dropped between the lines to great effect, linking play with intelligent runs and passes, and throughout his 69 minutes on the field, he kept the Gimnasia defence honest.
It was his goals, however, which will have brought the biggest smiles to the faces of Racing supporters.
The first saw Vietto pull away to the far post as an out-swinging Gaston Campi cross was flicked on, and Vietto planted his header past the keeper. His second (Racing's third) saw Vietto shift the ball from his right foot to his left to open up the space, before firing into the roof of the net.
Two excellent poacher's finishes which, given the circumstances, earn Vietto his place on our list.