It is difficult to get too excited about a pre-Copa Sudamericana playoff when the qualifying positions stretch to two-thirds of a thirty-team league but Olimpo guaranteed their spot on Monday night with a 1-0 win against Argentinos Juniors in La Paternal. Jonathan Blanco’s penalty in first-half stoppage time was enough to see off Los Bichos and Néstor Gorosito’s position as manager ahead of 2016 is now under scrutiny.
Earlier in Sarandí, with little to play for, Arsenal edged past Defensa y Justicia thanks to an early Gastón Esmerado penalty. The 37-year-old converted the match winner and was substituted only minutes later before confirming his retirement. Caruso Lombardi was in charitable mood and also gave 40-year-old goalkeeper, Alejandro Limia a couple of minutes on the pitch to say farewell to the Arsenal supporters.
Arsenal de Sarandí 1 – 0 Defensa y Justicia
Argentinos Juniors 0 – 1 Olimpo