Mauricio Pellegrino was in desperate need of victory after Independiente had not won three points since Belgrano visited Avellaneda over the opening weekend and although Colón caused plenty of anxious moments, El Rojo ran out 4-1 winners on Saturday night.
Germán Denis was partnered in attack with Diego Vera for the first time and it took only eleven minutes for the combination to bear fruit. Vera battled with two Colón defenders before poking the ball into the path of El Tanque, who fiercely smashed the ball past Jorge Broun.
Denis was again involved when Independiente doubled the lead. His presence in attacking Rodrigo Gómez’s corner resulted in Ismael Benegas heading the ball into his own net and the home side appeared to be cruising.
However, Independiente’s ability to make harder work for themselves shouldn’t be underestimated and so when Víctor Figueroa immediately pulled a goal back for Colón it set up a thoroughly open match in which either side could have scored the next goal.
Colón were unable to force an equaliser and with four minutes remaining Víctor Cuesta headed a third to ease the nerves. Into stoppage time and Martín Benítez unselfishly squared the ball for Emiliano Rigoni to thump in a fourth. Ahead of a very winnable run of fixtures, Independiente need to find form if they are to climb up the table.
Earlier in La Plata, San Lorenzo’s title challenge suffered a hiccup after El Ciclón were held to a goalless draw by Gimnasia. It could have been worse for Pablo Guede’s after Antonio Medina had a goal ruled out and El Lobo may have had a penalty when Juan Mercier handled right on the edge of the area . However, back-to-back draws could see Central open up a four-point lead if they win on Sunday night.