Huracán claim vital three points, Belgrano ease past Sarmiento & San Martín win in Rafaela (VIDEO)

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Alejandro Romero Gamarra’s stunner in Montevideo on Tuesday night kickstarted Huracán’s Copa Libertadores campaign but with relegation from the Primera still a concern, El Globo needed wins in the league. As has so often been the case when the side need a match winner, Ramón ‘Wanchope’ Ábila provided just that. Estudiantes were the visitors to the Estadio Tomás A. Ducó and although there was little between the two sides, Ábila was on hand to follow in Romero Gamarra’s parried shot two minutes into the second half and score the only goal of the game. A first league win of the season moves Huracán out of the descenso positions and inflicts a first defeat since the opening weekend on Nelson Vivas’ Estudiantes.

Belgrano’s sole victory in what has been a hugely disappointing start to 2016 came against River Plate and so Ricardo Zielinski’s start were in desperate need of a return to winning ways when Sarmiento visited Córdoba. Jorge Velázquez headed the home side in front after twenty minutes and although Sarmiento remained a threat, the visitor’s lacklustre defending minutes after half time cost them. Their static backline barely moved when Velázquez clipped the ball past Emanuel Trípodi and against the underside of the bar and so Mario Bolatti was free to head the ball into the empty net. Guilty of switching off again in second half stoppage time, Gastón Suárez ran clear and although Trípodi stopped his initial effort, the 22-year-old was able to rifle in the rebound. A return to winning ways for El Celeste but worrying times for Sarmiento after a fourth defeat in five.

Atlético Rafaela scored only their third goal of the season (and one of those was an own goal) but unfortunately were once again the losing side after San Martín became the latest visitors to the Nuevo Monumental to leave with all three points. Jorge Burruchaga’s side are under real pressure and so they were not helped by Rodrigo Colombo’s ill-judged attempt to dribble the ball out of defence ten minutes before the break. Javier Toledo robbed the defender of the ball and slotted the ball past Germán Montoya with ease and shortly after half time, a woefully defended set-piece allowed the visitors to double the lead. Emanuel Dening made it two and although Mathías Abero headed a goal back, La Crema slumped to a fifth successive defeat.

Atlético Rafaela  1 – 2  San Martín

Huracán  1 – 0  Estudiantes

Belgrano  3 – 0  Sarmiento

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