Atlético Tucumán’s remarkable start to life in the top flight continued on Friday night after Rodrigo Aliendro’s 96th minute winner gave El Decano a 2-1 win over Huracán and sent them level on points with Lanús and Estudiantes at the top of Zone Two. Luis Miguel Rodríguez volleyed the home side in front just before half time and even after the break it was Atlético who looked more likely to score again. Huracán’s usual hero, Ramón Ábila was struggling and shortly after he was withdrawn, El Globo snatched an equaliser. Daniel Montenegro’s long range effort was blocked and the ball fell nicely for Mariano González to poke the ball beyond Cristian Lucchetti. Either side could have won it in a frantic end to the match but deep into stoppage time a defensive lapse allowed Cristian Menéndez to thread the ball through to Aliendro and he slotted calmy past Marcos Díaz. Huracán’s players were fuming but as the final whistle was blown, the supporters celebrated and fireworks lit up San Miguel.
The two later kickoffs were affected by the rain that swept across Buenos Aires province but Olimpo and Estudiantes would have been pleased with the results. In Bahía Blanca, Olimpo welcomed league leaders, Rosario Central and after having Juan Quiroga sent off after only 14 minutes must have feared the worst. However, despite the numerical disadvantage and the feeling that Néstor Pitana had not given them the rub of the green after failing to send off Giovani Lo Celso for a late challenge on Néstor Moiraghi, Olimpo took the lead through Jorge Figal. Marco Ruben’s delicate header ensured they were not in front for long but despite pushing for a winner, Central were unable to force a second. Damián Musto was sent off late on and although El Canalla go momentarily top, with only one win in four matches, momentum has certainly slowed.
Estudiantes picked up a fifth win in their last six with a 3-1 victory over Temperley and joined Lanús at the summit of Zone Two, until at least Monday evening. Inside two minutes the score was 1-1 after Martín Péres Guedes immediately equalised Augusto Solari’s powerful volley. As the conditions worsened, El Pincha took a greater grip on the game and shortly after half time, Carlos Auzqui headed them back in front leaving Israel Damonte to rifle in a late third and ensure victory.