Mariano Pavone returned to the Vélez starting eleven after an injury layoff and immediately showed the supporters in Liniers what their side has been missing in a deserved 2-0 win over Colón. The veteran striker opened the scoring after holding off Germán Conti and firing past Jorge Broun on the turn. Five minutes later, the home side doubled the lead when youngster Maxi Romero slotted in from close range and the victory sent El Fortín up to third in the table for at least 24 hours.
Newell’s Old Boys’ problems in front of goal continued in Rosario on Saturday afternoon as Defensa y Justicia took advantage to record a 1-0 win. Diego Osella has worked hard organising the Lepra defence but after keeping four consecutive clean sheets the 45-year-old coach will be disappointed in the manner that Tomas Martínez gave El Halcón victory. Newell’s failed to clear from a corner and then left the on-loan youngster in acres of space to fire the ball past Luciano Pocjrnic.
In San Juan, Temperley failed to improve their standing in the relegation fight after slumping to a 2-0 defeat against San Martín. A horrific broken leg suffered by Temperley defender Cristian Chimino led to 18 minutes of first half stoppage time and during this added period, Emanuel Dening headed the home side in front. The visitors were unable to find an equaliser and with minutes remaining, Javier Toledo wrapped up all three points.
Newell’s Old Boys 0 – 1 Defensa y Justicia
San Martín 2 – 0 Temperley
Vélez Sarsfield 2 – 0 Colón