Estudiantes have still only lost once and remain top of the table but Sunday’s goalless draw against Talleres in La Plata has seen Nelson Vivas’ side lose a little momentum and with just one win in four allowed the chasing pack to close the gap.
The result was probably a fair one and given Talleres’ recent form was not a complete surprise. Frank Kudelka’s newly promoted side haven’t conceded a goal now in over 540 minutes of football and are unbeaten in seven so were always likely to give El Pincha a test. So it proved and although it was the home side pressing in the second half to force a winner, Leandro Desábato’s header cleared off the line was the closest they came.
Elsewhere, Rosario Central slumped to defeat against a resurgent Unión. Perhaps feeling the effects of reaching the Copa Argentina final in midweek, El Canalla were below par and punished by Juan Pumpido’s side. The impressive Franco Soldano rifled the home side ahead just after half time and minutes later Leonardo Sánchez doubled the lead with a header. It is just as well Eduardo Coudet’s Central have progressed in the cup given their woeful league this season.
Vélez Sarsfield remain in serious relegation trouble but picked up a decent point against in-form Patronato in Paraná. The home side that won their previous three matches at the Estadio Presbítero Bartolomé Grella but came up against an improved Vélez, who arguably could have nicked all three points. Lautaro Gianetti clattered the crossbar early on and Omar De Felippe’s side shaded proceedings from then on.