Sunday’s match between River and Racing might have more of an impact on the title race but Lanús ensured that they will remain in the mix after they bounced back from the crushing defeat away to Independiente. On Saturday evening in La Forteleza, Lanús defeated Gimnasia 2-0 thanks to goals from Silvio Romero (now the Primera leading scorer) and Víctor Ayala and although their return to the summit will only be momentary, Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s side will keep the pressure on whoever is Sunday’s victor.
Vélez Sarsfield had their unbeaten home record emphatically ended by this season’s surprise entertainers, Godoy Cruz. The Primera División’s leading goal scorers and leakiest defence punished a limp performance by José Flores’ Vélez and although they conceded another goal, the four that they stuck past Sebastián Sosa made for an easy afternoon’s work. A Jaime Ayoví brace put the visitors firmly in control inside the opening half hour and although Lucas Pratto pulled one back on the brink of half time, it proved to be nothing more than a consolation. Guillermo Cosaro poked in a third and Rubén Ramírez sent Sosa the wrong way from the penalty spot to wrap up the win.
Supporters of San Lorenzo might have hoped that last weekend’s thrashing of Belgrano was a turning point in their season as they prepare to fly to Morocco for the World Club Championship, but yesterday in Santa Fe, Atlético Rafaela became the ninth side this season to celebrate victory over the Copa Libertadores champions. Two second half goals from Lucas Albertengo gave La Crema a welcome three points after back-to-back defeats.
Finally, in Bahía Blanca, Copa Argentina finalists, Rosario Central earned a draw against Olimpo. Adrián Martínez fired the home side in front but a second half header by Lucas Acevedo snatched a draw for Central.