Five without a win now for Independiente and only three victories in 2015 leaves manager Jorge Almirón in the most precarious of positions. Sunday afternoon’s trip to Banfield was decided upon the finest of margins but if it does spell the end for Almirón, the former Godoy Cruz boss will surely look back on the guilt-edged chance missed by Federico Mancuello and the sloppy own goal that gave Banfield their equaliser. The frustrating Matías Pisano had given Independiente a first half lead after skipping through the home sides defence and clipping the ball over Fernando Pellegrino but a poorly defended corner eventually bobbling off Franco Bellocq into his own net levelled the match. Independiente had chances to win and none were better than when Mancuello rounded Pellegrino only to blaze over the bar but El Rojo could not find a winner. Ahead of matches against Boca Juniors and the clásico with Racing it is difficult to see a future for Almirón barring two excellent results.
Later in Santa Fe, Belgrano missed the chance to go into second and their five-match winning streak was ended by a deserving Unión side. Lucas Zelarayán fiercely volleyed in Mauro Obolo’s knockdown after just ten minutes to give the visitors the lead but Leonardo Sánchez headed Unión level before the break. Belgrano had Pier Barrios sent off late on and the game ended all square.
Banfield 1 – 1 Independiente
Unión 1 – 1 Belgrano