There appears to be no stopping Lanús now after a hard fought 1-0 win over Tigre in Victoria left El Granate all but confirmed as Zone Two champions. José Sand’s first half penalty proved to be enough but goalkeeper Fernando Monetti was the real match winner for the visitors. Following José Luis Gómez’s first half sending off, Tigre were in the ascendency after the break but a string of superb saves by the keeper bought from Gimnasia to replace Agustín Marchesín earned Lanús a monumental three points. A place in the 2017 Copa Libertadores is already confirmed but Jorge Almirón’s side are now seven points clear of Estudiantes in second place with three matches to play. Regardless of how El Pincha get on, a win over Aldosivi at home will clinch a place in the Transición final.
Earlier in Rosario, Gimnasia snatched a late win over a Central side far more preoccupied with their Thursday evening Copa Libertadores tie than a Primera match with nothing to be gained. Eduardo Coudet had never suffered defeat in the Gigante de Arroyito until their last home match against Vélez but with focus elsewhere, El Canalla slipped to a second consecutive loss. Youngster, Leandro Contín came off the bench to volley the winner, ten minutes from time and earn El Lobo a first win in four.
Atlético Tucumán failed to make up any ground on Estudiantes near the top of Zone Two after drawing 1-1 with Temperley. The home side started the brighter and deservedly led when Matías Sánchez headed past Cristian Lucchetti midway through the first half. However, El Decano have proved themselves a difficult side to beat on more than one occasion this season and drew level on the hour mark through Fernando Zampedri. The visitors perhaps did enough to take all three points but were forced to settle for just one.
Rosario Central 0 – 1 Gimnasia
Tigre 0 – 1 Lanús
Temperley 1 – 1 Atlético Tucumán