San Lorenzo bounced back from defeat to Boca Juniors last weekend to record a hard-fought win over Olimpo in Bahía Blanca and close the gap on league leaders Estudiantes.
Diego Aguirre’s players ensured there was an emotional start to their game entering the pitch in the shirts of the Chapecoense players that they swapped just weeks ago after their Copa Sudamericana clash but needed to be alert from kick off to compete with an Olimpo side battling for survival.
After weathering an early assault, Martín Cauteruccio drilled San Lorenzo ahead with the Uruguayan finishing off a fine passing move but the home side’s threat remained and Francisco Pizzini equalised before the half hour mark.
Cristian Díaz’s side had chances to lead but Nicolás Blandi headed Los Cuervos back in front after an hour and it proved to be the winner.
Luciano Precone was still in charge of Atlético Tucumán despite strong rumours of Pablo Lavallén taking over and although Godoy Cruz were unbeaten in Mendoza, El Decano claimed an impressive 2-1 win. Fernando Zampedri’s volley from outside the penalty area broke the deadlock before half time and with El Tomba unable to force an equaliser it was left to Zampedri to tap-in a second following a wonderful counter attack. Javier Correa struck a late goal for the home side but it proved to be nothing more than a consolation.
Aldosivi are still far from safe and are yet to win outside Mar del Plata but on Saturday afternoon claimed a valuable point against an in-form Tigre side in Victoria. Youngster Diego Sosa put El Matador ahead with a sensational long range strike but Antonio Medina levelled for Aldosivi shortly after the break. The forward bravely headed the ball over the line but was forced off in the aftermath after taking a boot to the head in the process. El Tiburón held on for a point and for the time being sit outside the bottom four.
Tigre 1 – 1 Aldosivi
Godoy Cruz 1 – 2 Atlético Tucumán
Olimpo 1 – 2 San Lorenzo