Gimnasia lead the table but condemn Argentinos, Quilmes beat Racing to cling to Primera and Zárate stars in Vélez win (VIDEO)

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Gimnasia‘s incredible run of form continued yesterday afternoon in La Paternal but sadly their sixth consecutive victory sent Claudio Borghi’s, Argentinos Juniors side out of the Primera División. Perhaps the writing was on the wall some weeks ago but certainly Maxi Meza’s 35-yard scorcher after just 3 minutes didn’t help. Facundo Pereyra’s excellent individual goal, 5 minutes after the break ensured that Gimnasia would be clear at the top with just 3 rounds left and finally extinguished any hope for Argentinos. While it may be too late for Argentinos, Quilmes continue to fight and the latest 1-0 victory over hapless, Racing in Avellaneda closed the gap to safety. A pretty dreadful match was decided 15 minutes from time when Gonzalo Ríos tapped in a rebound but Quilmes remain in the drop zone for now. Unpredictably, Vélez Sarsfield turned in one of their best performances and thrashed Rosario Central in Liniers. Fielding the youngest side in the Torneo Final, coming off a 4-game losing streak and sandwiched between a crucial Libertadores tie against Nacional, expectation was low. However, it took less than a minute for Vélez to lead, Mauro Zárate spectacularly back among the goals with a perfect bicycle kick before adding a more simple finish after 22 minutes after Central had already seen Hernán Encina sent off. Leonardo Rolón blasted in an excellent third before Jairo Vélez tapped in the fourth. There was time for Antonio Medina to score an injury time consolation but Vélez must now focus on Tuesday’s Libertadores meeting with Nacional. Colón missed the chance to close the gap on the leaders with a 1-1 draw against Atletico Rafaela. Rodrigo Depetris put Rafaela in front and although Gabriel Graciani equalised, Colón were left to rue, Jacobo Mansilla’s first half penalty miss. Earlier, San Lorenzo were involved in another goalless draw as their Torneo Final peters out amid their Libertadores involvement. The latest, away to Belgrano, is the third in their last 4 matches but with a trip to Brazil to face Gremio on Wednesday, who cares? WATCH ALL THE GOALS HERE….

Belgrano  0 – 0  San Lorenzo

Atletico Rafaela  1 – 1  Colón

Argentinos Juniors  0 – 2  Gimnasia

Veléz Sarsfield  4 – 1  Rosario Central

Racing Club  0 – 1  Quilmes

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