Argentinos Juniors are still staring into the Nacional B but have at least given themselves a chance after battling to a point against Lanús on Sunday afternoon. Sarmiento’s defeat to Tigre at the same time means one of the two will be relegated but Caruso Lombardi’s side still hold the advantage. Temperley managed to escape the situation with a 2-0 win over Newell’s and so El Gasolero will still be playing Primera football next season.
Two goals in the space of three minutes just after half time handed Temperley a vital victory over Newell’s Old Boys in the Estadio Alfredo Beranger. With results elsewhere going in El Gasolero’s favour, Temperley will remain in the top flight for at least another year and so the full time whistle sparked celebrations.
Things were certainly more nervy in La Paternal but Argentinos Juniors showed a fight that has been sorely lacking against zone two winners, Lanús. After a decent first half, Los Bichos appeared to be throwing away another opportunity when goalkeeper Camilo Vargas punched Maxi Velázquez’s cross into his own net. However, the home side’s new found resolve brought an equaliser midway through the second half after Lanús’ defence uncharacteristically allowed Carlos Bueno to head in unmarked. Both sides finished with ten men after Cristian Ledesma and later Maxi Velázquez were sent off but neither could muster a winner.
Thankfully for Argentinos Juniors, Sarmiento were unable to defeat Tigre and in fact gifted their visitors all three points. A horrendous mix-up between Matias Lequi and goalkeeper Emanuel Tripodi allowed substitute Ramón Mieres a simple tap in.
Argentinos must win away to Atlético Rafaela next weekend and hope that Sarmiento fail to defeat Olimpo in Bahía Blanca.
Argentinos Juniors 1 – 1 Lanús
Temperley 2 – 0 Newell’s Old Boys
Sarmiento 0 – 1 Tigre