Ahead of a big week for both clubs, Independiente’s troubles grew after another toothless performance, while a largely second string San Lorenzo side recorded a morale boosting win before they travel to Brazil in the hope of reaching the Copa Sudamericana final.
Such was the rotation of the visitors starting eleven and the fact that Independiente hadn’t scored in two matches, there was a degree of pressure on Gabi Milito but it was San Lorenzo that made a flying start. Less than 40 seconds were on the clock when Lautaro Montoya slipped in Gonzalo Bergessio to round Martín Campaña and open the scoring.
Predictably it was Independiente who then dominated possession but El Rojo were again unable to find a way past Nicolás Navarro. Fernando Belluschi had already missed the chance to extend the lead after having a penalty saved by Campaña on the hour mark but made almost certain of the win when he smashed a rebound into the net after 77 minutes.
Germán Denis headed a consolation but despite throwing numbers forward, Independiente were unable to find an equaliser. Without a win in three and already ten points off the top of the table, Gabi Milito will really feel the heat if next weekend’s clásico de Avellaneda ends in defeat.
In Córdoba, Belgrano’s season took another turn for the worse with relegation threatened Sarmiento claiming an important win. Adrián Balboa scored twice for the visitors to take a commanding first half lead against a Belgrano side that have struggled for goals all season. Claudio Bieler pulled one back from the penalty spot but El Pirata slumped to an embarrassing defeat to a Sarmiento side that still remains one of the favourites for the drop.
Quilmes picked up a third consecutive 1-0 win on home soil to ease their relegation fears and in the process increase the pressure on Aldosivi. Federico Andrada scored the only goal of the game with a 16th minute penalty and Los Cerveceros climb to eleventh in the table.