Independiente are likely to part ways with manager Mauricio Pellegrino at the end of the Transición and although his side’s spirited performance earned them a point against Gimnasia, it wasn’t enough to convince supporters and the board that he should be awarded more time. Maxi Meza had given the home side a two-goal lead at half time, the first a powerful free kick and the second a close range finish, but El Rojo responded well after the break. Martín Benítez pulled a goal back and a minute later Diego Vera equalised to swiftly pull the visitors level. Facundo Oreja, who was perhaps fortunate to be on the pitch after a first half challenge on Benítez when though on goal went unpunished, put El Lobo ahead with five minutes remaining but Leandro Fernández headed an injury time third for Independiente. El Rojo’s failure to challenge for the title will likely see Pellegrino leave after the final game of the season with the board dreaming of Jorge Sampaoli taking over.
Earlier in La Bombonera, a Boca Juniors reserve side were held to a goalless draw by Huracán despite both sides fashioning clear chances over the 90 minutes. El Globo were looking to get over the disappointment of their Libertadores exit while Boca were clearly preparing for their quarter final and with so little on the line, the game had an end of season feel to it.
The remaining match on Sunday also ended goalless as neither Atlético Rafaela or Tigre could muster a winner in Santa Fe.