Some predicted that once the Copa Libertadores got underway Rosario Central’s momentum may wane but few would have guessed that Patronato would be the first team to inflict defeat on them this season. Eduardo Coudet named a strong side for the trip to Paraná despite playing in midweek and even with the strike force of Marco Ruben and Marcelo Larrondo, El Canalla could not find a way past Sebastián Bértoli. The winning goal came shortly after half time when Alejandro Donatti’s weak defensive header fell to Fernando Telechea and the veteran striker made no mistake in burying the ball past Manuel García. Godoy Cruz could now go top on Monday night as it gets very tight at the top of Zona One.
Argentinos Juniors at least put an end to their awful run of defeats with a goalless draw in Temperley and showed a defensive resoluteness and has been severely lacking in recent weeks. Even after having Mauricio Matricardi sent off shortly after half time, Los Bichos hung on to claim a point but remain bottom of Zona Two for now.