All the pre-match talk had been dominated by Copa Libertadores qualification after CONMEBOL and the AFA had awarded Atlético Tucumán a place in the 2017 tournament at the expense of Independiente. El Decano made a bad week for Independiente even worse with victory in Avellaneda and piled further pressure on Gabi Milito.
The visitors led after only two minutes when Fernando Zampedri was able to capitalise on a rare defensive lapse by Independiente and steer the ball past Martín Campaña virtually unchallenged. El Rojo never really got going and when Gustavo Toledo was shown a second yellow card before the half time whistle it was clear that it wasn’t going to be Independiente’s day.
Leandro González doubled the lead shortly after half time despite an apparent hand ball but it mattered little as there was no doubt which side deserved the three points. A first defeat of the season couldn’t have come at a worse time for Gabi Milito, with the club still asking questions over two cup exits.
In San Juan, Talleres finally ended their wait for a first win back in the top flight with a 3-1 win over San Martín. Sebastián Palacios got the visitors off to a perfect start via the penalty spot and Carlos Muñoz made it two less than two minutes after half time. Jonathan Menéndez made it three in the 85th minute as San Martín committed men forward and although the home side managed a late consolation through Diego Cháves there was no denying La T an excellent away win.
San Martín 1 – 3 Talleres
Independiente 0 – 2 Atlético Tucumán