Estudiantes’ unbeaten start to the season may remain intact but for only the second time, El Pincha dropped points after an injury-hit River Plate side deservedly pegged back the league leaders in a resplendent Estadio Tomás Adolfo Ducó. Guns n Roses occupy the Monumental this weekend and so River were forced to move to Huracán’s stadium but despite playing in their home away from home and Marcelo Gallardo having to reshuffle his side defensively, Los Millonarios could perhaps have nicked all three points.
River started the game the better of the two sides but it was Estudiantes who went closest when Augusto Solari headed against the crossbar. However, the ‘home’ side soon got a reward for their pressure when Leandro Desábato clumsily tripped Camilo Mayada in the box and Lucas Alario tucked away the resulting penalty.
The league leaders hadn’t trailed at half time in over a year but had come from behind to beat Racing last weekend and before the hour mark, they were level. Jorge Moreira, filling in at left back, carelessly gave the ball away and in two passes, Carlos Auzqui was nodding in an equaliser at the back post.
Arturo Mina missed a glorious opportunity to reestablish River’s lead and had earlier seen a near post flick hit the woodwork but Gallardo’s side were unable to find a winner. Estudiantes were disappointingly flat for a side in such rampant form but all credit to River after more than matching the league’s runaway leaders.
A little later in Junín and Sarmiento’s slim hopes of survival took a blow as Transición champions Lanús came from behind to secure a first away win of the season. Some dreadful defending allowed Maxi Fornari to scramble the home side in front but a wonderful passage of passing that culminated in José Sand heading in was a deserved equaliser for El Granate. Midway through the second half and Alejandro Silva was again the provider as this time his cutback was thumped into the back of the net by Lautaro Acosta.
Earlier, Federico Andrada’s fiercely struck free kick shortly after half time proved enough to see off a Godoy Cruz who are unable to pick up points on the road. A fourth straight away defeat for El Tomba and a vital three points for Los Cerveceros hovering just above the drop zone.
Quilmes 1 – 0 Godoy Cruz
River Plate 1 – 1 Estudiantes
Sarmiento 1 – 2 Lanús