There have been some spirited displays from the promoted sides this season but ultimately all have come up just a little short. However, on Saturday night in Bajo Flores, San Martín capitalised on a weak performance by Copa Libertadores champions, San Lorenzo to pick up a surprise first win and maintain their unbeaten start to the season. Carlos Bueno headed the visitors in front and although Edgardo Bauza’s side pushed and probed they remained vulnerable defensively. Mauro Cetto managed to head El Ciclón level with ten minutes remaining but within minutes San Martín once again exploited the weaknesses to punish their hosts on the counter and Marcos Figueroa tapped in a memorable opener.
Kicking off slightly earlier in Quilmes, Independiente looked to bounce back from their disappointing draw against Sarmiento last week. Jorge Almirón’s side were still not particularly impressive but with Federico Mancuello and Lucas Albertengo they remain a goal threat. It was the left boot of Mancuello that gave El Rojo the lead early when he finished off a wonderful passage of passing with a thunderous 30-yard strike. Quilmes reacted well and before the break they were level, thanks to Rodrigo Gómez’s freekick. The former Independiente midfielder’s strike swerved but perhaps question marks hang over Ruso Rodríguez in goal. There was little between the two sides but midway through the second half, a sweeping counter attack from one end to the other resulted in Lucas Albertengo sliding in his third of the season and this proved to be decisive. With Quilmes searching for another equaliser, Diego Buonanotte was sent off for a robust challenge on Emiliano Papa and it all but ended any hope for the home side.
Quilmes 1 – 2 Independiente
San Lorenzo 1 – 2 San Martín