Lanús were already missing a couple of important players and so Jorge Almirón could have done without the news that Paraguayan midfielder Miguel Almirón had been sold to Atlanta United. However, when Gimnasia visited La Fortaleza on Monday evening, the Transición champions still managed to grind out a fourth consecutive win thanks to Pepe Sand’s first half goal.
Still smarting from their Copa Argentina semi final defeat to River Plate last week, Gimnasia were in need of a boost and had El Lobo been more clinical in front of goal, they could have received just that. Gustavo Alfaro was left to rue a number of missed chances when Lanús broke the deadlock just before half time. A wonderful backheel by Alejandro Silva released Pepe Sand and the veteran striker rounded Alexis Arias to fire El Granate ahead.
Gimnasia continued to pressure after the break but were unable to find an equaliser. They are yet to really impress but Lanús have clawed their way back into contention. However, the sale of Almirón leaves a degree of rebuilding to do ahead of a 2017 schedule made more complicated by the Copa Libertadores.
Earlier in Sarandí, Arsenal continue to look in real danger of relegation with another limp performance that was fortunate to go unpunished in a goalless draw with San Martín. Lucas Bernardi’s side failed to score for a second consecutive match and aside from a penalty claim for handball in the opening stages never really looked like finding the net. The visitors are scarcely in better form and haven’t scored themselves in three but certainly had the better chances. For now Arsenal remain just outside the drop zone but Bernardi will know he needs a significant improvement.
Arsenal 0 – 0 San Martín
Lanús 1 – 0 Gimnasia