Estudiantes remain four points clear at the top of the table after Newell’s Old Boys conceded a late equaliser against a much-changed San Lorenzo side in the Estadio Marcelo Bielsa.
Ahead of their Copa Sudamericana semi-final in midweek, Diego Aguirre opted to rest the majority of his first choice eleven against an in-form Newell’s looking to close the gap to Estudiantes. In spite of the rotation, an evenly contested match was sparked into life when Mauro Formica found the top corner from just outside the penalty area.
However, La Lepra’s lead lasted just a couple of minutes when Tino Costa slipped a challenge in midfield and fed Gonzalo Bergessio to rifle the ball into the bottom corner. Diego Osella has rightly drawn praise for how he has organised Newell’s defensively but the manner of Maxi Rodríguez’s goal to reestablish the lead before the break displayed an impressive attack. The one-touch passing that released Mauricio Tévez split open the San Lorenzo defence and the youngster squared the ball for the veteran Rodríguez to tap in.
It was looking like yet another impressive three points for Newell’s but four minutes from time, Paulo Díaz rose to head in Fernando Belluschi’s corner. The draw was perhaps a fair reflection on balance but the big winners were the league leaders as El Pincha saw their two closest rivals cancel each other out.
In Mendoza, Jaime Ayoví made up for his slow start to the season with a blistering second half hat-trick that earned Godoy Cruz a 3-1 win over Aldosivi. After a dull first half, the Ecuadorian headed the first immediately after the restart and shortly after added a second following further sloppy defending from the visitors.
Left completely unmarked once again, Ayoví completed his hat-trick in the 78th minute and although Sebastián Penco headed in a consolation, Aldosivi were made to pay for a error-strewn second half.
Earlier in La Forteleza, Lanús’ troubles continued as the champions were held by Tigre despite bossing possession and creating the clearer chances. The visitors led when Marcelo Herrera was penalised for dragging down Érik Godoy and allowing Carlos Luna to slot in the opener from the penalty spot. Despite José Sand heading an equaliser with 30 minutes still remaining, El Granate were unable to muster a winner and have now scored only six goals and won two matches from the opening eight matches of their title defence.
Lanús 1 – 1 Tigre
Godoy Cruz 3 – 1 Aldosivi
Newell’s Old Boys 2 – 2 San Lorenzo