Estudiantes see off Defensa y Justicia, Gimnasia bounce back with win over Arsenal and San Martín claim point from Aldosivi (VIDEO)


Estudiantes followed up last weekend’s impressive clásico victory with a come-from-behind win over Defensa y Justicia in La Plata. The Primera’s leading scorer Fabián Bordagaray gave the visitors the lead after emphatically finishing Eugenio Isnaldo’s low cross but El Pincha responded well and were level after 27 minutes when Lucas Viatri tapped in at the back post. Moments before the half time whistle, Estudiantes were gifted the lead when Alexander Barboza’s back pass was woefully short and allowed Augusto Solari to slot the ball past Pablo Santillo. The goal proved to be decisive and Nelson Vivas’ side celebrated a fourth win in five to at least momentarily go top of Zone Two.

Gimnasia’s defeat to Estudiantes last weekend spelled the end for Pedro Troglio and so a trip to Sarandí to face a rejuvenated Arsenal side that had so far won every home game was less than ideal. Despite surrendering most of the possession to the home side, El Lobo snatched all three points thanks to Lorenzo Faravelli’s exquisite strike shortly after half time. Despite firing Troglio, the victory was Gimnasia’s fourth of the season and puts El Lobo up to fourth, level with Arsenal in Zone One.

In Mar del Plata, Aldosivi recorded a third straight draw after San Martín were able to extend their unbeaten run to five with Javier Toledo’s early second half strike. Emanuel Dening’s close range volley had put El Verdinegro ahead but the outstanding Santiago Rosales equalised before Sebastián Penco thumped the home side in front with his second goal in two games. Toledo made it 2-2 shortly after half time when he was on hand to tap in Juan Mattia’s shot which had struck the upright and despite El Tiburón dominating for large parts, neither side could find a winner.

Arsenal de Sarandí  0 – 1  Gimnasia

Aldosivi  2 – 2  San Martín

Estudiantes  2 – 1  Defensa y Justicia

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