The likelihood is both of these sides will be in the 2017 Copa Libertadores but Estudiantes left no doubt with victory in the playoff against Godoy Cruz. The runners up from both zones met knowing that the winner would be guaranteed a place in next year’s competition with the loser, also qualified unless an Argentine club not already qualified wins this year’s Copa Sudamericana.
Godoy Cruz undoubtedly came into this playoff in worse shape having not only seen their hopes of a first Primera title disappear on the final weekend but also having to contend with the suspension of both strikers, Santiago García and Jaime Ayoví.
The lack of cutting edge hurt El Tomba and as a result, Juan Ignacio Cavallaro’s superb early goal proved to be the match winner.
Nelson Vivas has overseen a successful first season with El Pincha and they now have seven months to prepare for their return to the Copa Libertadores. One immediate blow will be the departure of Gastón Fernández, who confirmed at full time that he will be leaving La Plata once again with Universidad de Chile looking like his next destination.