It’s a strange situation when a side can be in danger of relegation one week and qualifying for an international tournament playoff the next but Colón may have done just that. Last weekend’s victory against Godoy Cruz ensured El Sabelero would remain in the Primera and on Saturday afternoon, a 2-1 win over Gimnasia means they could creep into the bloated Copa Sudamericana playoffs. Dario Franco’s side did not get off to the best start when some ponderous defending was punished by Javier Mendoza but the home side did not have to wait long to be back on level terms. Mauricio Sperduti appeared to be crossing the ball but his firmly struck centre flew past Bonnin in the Gimnasia goal and inside the far post. While there may have been an element of good fortune with Sperduti’s first, the midfielder ensured Colón would claim all three points with an altogether more intentional shot that whistled into the top corner.
In San Juan, San Martín subjected Arsenal to yet another defeat to end a thoroughly miserable 2015. Eric Aparicio scored the only goal of the game midway through the first half and Los Verdinegros must now prepare for the playoffs and the opportunity to snatch a place in next year’s Copa Sudamericana.
The meeting between Defensa y Justicia and Godoy Cruz was never likely to be a classic with both teams languishing near the bottom but it did deliver a couple of nice goals. Favio Álvarez delicately lobbed Rodrigo Rey after just seven minutes but Leandro Fernández drilled La Tomba level before half-time. It has not been an easy year for Los Mendocinos but Fernández has still scored 13 and is unsurprisingly attracting interest from San Lorenzo and others. First piece of business for 2016 – keep Fernández at the club.
Defensa y Justicia 1 – 1 Godoy Cruz
Colón 2 – 1 Gimnasia
San Martín 1 – 0 Arsenal