Sappa saves late penalty to ensure Estudiantes victory over Colón, Godoy Cruz edge Tigre & Lanús see off El Decano (VIDEO)


Colón have proved to be a very difficult side to beat this season and runaway league leaders Estudiantes found out just how hard it is to earn three points against Paolo Montero’s side on Saturday afternoon. Just when it looked as though Lucas Viatri’s second half header would hand El Pincha another victory, the visitors were awarded a penalty when Santiago Ascacibar was adjudged to have handled the ball. However, young goalkeeper Daniel Sappa was the hero after a superb save denied Pablo Ledesma from the spot. 26 points from a possible 30 and for the timebeing Nelson Vivas’ side are eight clear at the top.

In Mendoza, Godoy Cruz maintained their fine home record and in the process ended Tigre’s unbeaten run with a 2-1 victory over the visitors. Ángel González’s perseverance allowed the midfielder to bundle his way through the Tigre defence before poking the ball past Nelson Ibáñez after 12 minutes and shortly after Jaime Ayoví doubled the lead with a close range header. Sebastián Luna did manage to pull a goal back before half time but El Matador were unable to force an equaliser after the break and Godoy Cruz held on for a fifth home win of the season.

Atlético Tucumán were hit with Juan Manuel Azconzábal’s resignation this week and despite getting the club into next year’s Copa Libertadores, the coach was in the dugout for the final time against Lanús on Saturday. It wasn’t to be a happy ending for 42-year-old as El Granate eked out a 1-0 win thanks to Alejandro Silva’s second half goal. El Decano probably deserved at least a draw but Fernando Monetti in the Lanús goal denied them and Silva proved decisive for the second game running.

Estudiantes  1 – 0  Colón

Godoy Cruz  2 – 1  Tigre

Lanús  1 – 0  Atlético Tucumán


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