Estudiantes claimed the best victory of Nelson Vivas’ tenure so far with a convincing 4-1 win over beleaguered Argentinos Juniors in La Plata. Young striker Facundo Quintana acrobatically volleyed El Pincha into an early lead against Carlos Mayor’s worryingly porous defence and before the half time whistle the contest was effectively over. Juan Ignacio Cavallaro curled in a superb second and a minute later Quintana tapped in his second to give the home side a commanding lead at the break. Facundo Sánchez skipped around Camilo Vargas to slot in a fourth and although Lautaro Rinaldi pulled a goal back with five minutes remaining, defeat had been confirmed 45 minutes earlier. Three consecutive defeats for Los Bichos and ten goals conceded do not bode well, while Vivas will be hoping that back-to-back wins for Estudiantes will kickstart their season.
In Junín, Quilmes earned a point but remain winless in 2016 after a 2-2 draw with Sarmiento. Fernando Elizari fired the visitors in front but once again Los Cerveceros’ fragile defence cost them dearly. Young goalkeeper Walter Benítez conceded a penalty and for the second time this season forced a missed penalty to be retaken after coming off his line prematurely. At the second attempt Carlos Buenos equalised and shortly after Maxi Fornari somehow sneaked the ball under Benítez from a tight angle and into the net. Francisco Dutari’s stupid red card for a sly punch two minutes into the second half gave hope to the visitors and it wasn’t long before Ezequiel Rescaldani fired them level from the penalty spot. Rescaldani then joined Dutari in the changing rooms after picking up a second yellow card and neither side could find a winner.
Estudiantes 4 – 1 Argentinos Juniors
Sarmiento 2 – 2 Quilmes