The run of seven matches without a win that ultimately cost Jorge Almirón his job was ended last night in the Estadio Libertadores de América as intermin boss Fernando Berón oversaw a 1-0 victory over Tigre. Without the injured Federico Mancuello and against an in-form Tigre side it was never likely to be an easy evening for El Rojo and so it proved. Lucas Albertengo headed his eighth goal of the season after only eleven minutes but injuries and the sending off of Jesús Méndez saw Tigre finish the far stronger. Independiente were able to hold on for an invaluable three points and end their terrible run of form leaving Hugo Moyano to continue his search for the next manager.
Unión’s impressive start to life back in the Primera continued last night in Santa Fe after a narrow victory over Godoy Cruz. La Tomba had Gastón Giménez sent off during the first half and ten minutes after half time Víctor Malcorra fired in a free-kick from the edge of the box to give the home side the lead. Malcorra’s sixth of the campaign proved to be the winning goal and saw Unión up to seventh in the table.
Finally in Rosario, Américo Gallego found himself under more pressure as his Newell’s side were held by Banfield and stretched their winless run to four matches. Maxi Rodríguez had fired La Lepra into a first half lead after good work from Alexis Castro down the left but it did not take long for Matías Almeyda’s side to equalise. Mauricio Cuero dashed in behind the home sides defence and slotted past Luciano Pocrnjic to level the match. If either side was the more likely to win it was the visitors and perhaps frustration got the better of Maxi when he was sent off for a late challenge late on. The Rosarinos are getting a little restless and next week’s clash with Boca could determine Gallego’s future.