Newell’s winning on Saturday meant Estudiantes had to maintain their 100% record this season against Temperley in La Plata to guarantee top spot at the end of round four and Nelson Vivas’ side managed that relative ease thanks to goals from Jonathan Schunke, Carlos Auzqui and Augusto Solari.
El Pincha’s defence, which is yet to concede a goal, has been a large part of their success but centre back Schunke contributed at the other end of the pitch on Sunday afternoon when he nodded the home side in front after 20 minutes.
Carlos Auzqui stooped to head in his third of the season shortly after half time and in the closing stages, Augusto Solari’s long range effort took a slight deflection to leave Matías Ibáñez rooted to the spot. There are far greater tests ahead for Estudiantes but it has been a wonderful start to the campaign for Nelson Vivas.
In Santa Fe, Belgrano showed no signs of fatigue after their Copa Sudamericana exploits in midweek as Claudio Bieler struck twice to hand El Pirata a superb away win over Unión.
The in-form striker only entered the action in the 73rd minute after his decisive role in the win over Coritiba and within five minutes he had the visitors in front. Bieler ran onto Gabriel Alanís’ lofted pass to lash a powerful volley past Nereo Fernández and in the 90th minute tapped in a second from close range. It took a while but Estéban González’s Belgrano now appear to be up and running.
And in Córdoba, Talleres’ wait for a win back in the top flight continues after Banfield managed a goalless draw despite being outplayed for large parts of their match in the Estadio Mario Kempes.
Frank Kudelka was outraged at the decision to award Colón a penalty in his side’s defeat last weekend and may well feel equally aggrieved that Gonzalo Prosperi’s handball was missed on Sunday afternoon. Another decent performance from La T but once again the three points elude them.