As the halfway point of the season approaches it is clear there are far more twists and turns in the relegation battle to come but Jorge Burruchaga has given Sarmiento hope after a third win in four games, sparking belief in another great escape.
Tigre were the visitors to Junín and were themselves in a decent patch of form but Pedro Troglio’s side were undone by two moments before half time. Kevin Mercado has proved to be a real weapon since the arrival of Burruchaga and it was the Ecuadorian’s powerful burst from his own half that forced the opener as his low cross deflected off Erik Godoy into the net.
In first half stoppage time, Mariano Echeverría clumsily hauled down Alexis Niz at a corner and Maxi Fornari sent Nelson Ibáñez the wrong way to double the lead. Sarmiento held on and made it ten points from a possible twelve and while remaining in the drop zone for now, those just above are looking nervously over their shoulders.
The result meant Temperley were in desperate need of a win as El Gasolero were in danger of being cut adrift at the bottom. Godoy Cruz were the visitors to the Estadio Alfredo Beranger and up until the 92nd minute it looked as though Sebastián Méndez’s side would pick up only a second point of the season on the road. However, deep into injury time Leonardo Di Lorenzo’s lofted pass into the penalty area found Marcos Figueroa in a yard of space and the striker produced a superb volley to steal all three points. Gustavo Álvarez’s side remain one of the favourites to go down but ahead of the midseason break, the significance of this victory couldn’t be understated and the celebrations proved that.
Earlier in Mar del Plata, Aldosivi left it very late to claim what was in fairness a deserved draw from the visit of Patronato. Wálter Andrade had put Rubén Forestello’s side ahead with a scrappy first half goal but it looked to be enough until Alan Alegre headed an 86th minute equaliser. With El Tiburón only three places above the drop zone it could be an important point come next May.