It took Germán Denis only four minutes to firmly announce his return to the Argentine Primera when the veteran striker gave Independiente the lead against Godoy Cruz in Mendoza. El Tanque was almost a solitary positive for Mauricio Pellegrino’s title hopefuls as Santiago García capitalised on some poor defending to give La Tomba a thoroughly deserved point. El Rojo were able to welcome several first team players back for the visit to Mendoza but it proved to have little impact one side and with a midweek clash with Rosario Central, followed by the clásico de Avellaneda, title credentials will be tested early. In this short championship if Independiente were to lose those matches, any hopes of lifting the trophy would be virtually extinguished.
After their capitulation against River Plate ended in a 5-1 defeat last Monday, Quilmes needed to steady the ship with the visit of Colón to the Estadio Centenario. However, Los Cerveceros could barely have made a worse start when their suspect defending allowed to Franco Mazurek tapped in tap the visitors in front after 12 minutes. Former Vélez striker Ezequiel Rescaldani brought Quilmes level with a powerful header before the break but the second half belonged to Colón. Pablo Ledesma restored the lead from the penalty spot before adding his second of the game, five minutes later. As the rain fell south of Buenos Aires, Nicolás Silva headed a fourth and although Rescaldani pulled one back with a penalty, Quilmes fell to a second defeat of the season. Nine goals conceded in two games, it would appear the brewers have reverted back to their pre-Sava form.
Quilmes 2 – 4 Colón
Godoy Cruz 1 – 1 Independiente