The relief of Independiente’s players at full time was clear after another poor performance went unpunished and instead an injury time Adrián Arregui own goal gifted the visitors three points against a desperately unlucky Quilmes side.
Despite Gabi Milito making changes and introducing Germán Denis, El Rojo possessed no greater goal threat than in recent weeks and were indebted to the excellent performance by Martín Campaña in goal to ensure that Quilmes didn’t find the net. Ariel Cólzera had been a constant threat and hit the post earlier with a well-struck free-kick but El Gasolero’s failure to take their chances proved costly.
Deep into stoppage time a Maxi Meza corner was badly misjudged by Adrián Arregui after goalkeeper Matías Ibáñez had complained of being blocked and the defender headed the ball into the empty net. Milito will know that his side stole three points and a huge improvement will be needed over the coming weeks.
Champions Lanús suffered another set back after rediscovering their form last weekend and slumped to a 1-0 defeat away to Quilmes. El Granate dominated possession but conceded an early goal when Gastón Bottino was allowed to poke the ball in from close range following a poorly defended set-piece. Iván Marcone was sent off the visitors in the second half and with it any hopes of a comeback appeared to go up in smoke. Still just the two wins this season for Jorge Almirón’s side, who could find themselves ten points off the top at the end of the weekend.
In Mendoza, Godoy Cruz earned a third home win of the season with a goal at the end of each half to complete a 2-0 win over Belgrano. Juan Carlos Olave’s failure to come and claim a long ball into the penalty area handed Jaime Ayoví a simple opener and with César Pereyra shown a red card after half time, El Tomba took advantage in injury time to add a second. Javier Correa ran clear to clip the ball over Olave and ensure all three points.
Quilmes 1 – 0 Lanús
Godoy Cruz 2 – 0 Belgrano
Temperley 0 – 1 Independiente