The pre-Copa Sudamericana playoffs resumed after Argentina’s presidential election halted any football over the weekend and Olimpo and Lanús celebrated progressing to their respective finals.
There were few better sides than Facundo Sava’s Quilmes in the second half of the regular season and so with some justification Los Cerveceros were one of the favourites to qualify for next year’s Copa Sudamericana. Certainly Olimpo visiting the Estadio Centenario Dr. José Luis Meiszner were not expected to cause an upset but courtesy of Joel Amoroso’s looping header with fifteen minutes remaining, the visitors did just that. Having won just three times on the road in 2015 the result was a shock but Quilmes, for all their possession, could not create any clear chances and their season ends in disappointment.
Later on Monday night, Lanús made hard work of progressing at the expense of Newell’s Old Boys but despite a nervy end to the match Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s side held firm. Nicolás Aguirre’s excellent diving header gave El Granate the lead midway through the first half and when Marcos Cáceres volleyed a spectacular own goal to double the advantage just after half-time the result looked beyond doubt. Lanús should have made certain of this after being awarded a penalty but Román Martínez drilled effort was well saved by Ezequiel Unsain and swung the momentum back in favour of the visitors. Young Denis Rodríguez expertly pulled a goal back but before La Lepra could find an equaliser Hernán Villalba was shown a second yellow card and Lanús were able to fend off the ten men.