After the midweek defeat to Flamengo in the Copa Libertadores, San Lorenzo were in need of a lift and thanks to a 2-1 win over Belgrano in the Nuevo Gasómetro, Diego Aguirre’s side got that.
Defender Paulo Díaz provided the breakthrough midway through the first half, heading in Bautista Merlini’s corner and when Díaz was later bundled over it allowed Néstor Ortigoza the opportunity to slot in a second from the penalty spot.
Los Cuervos were in command but Belgrano remained a threat and ensured a nervy second half when Cristian Lema headed a goal back five minutes after half time.
The home side held on for the points and momentarily joined Boca Juniors at the top of the table and while the performance wasn’t overly convincing, it was an important morale boost.
Across in Florencio Varela, Defensa y Justicia’s fine form under Sebastián Beccacece continued with a 1-0 win over second-placed Newell’s Old Boys.
El Halcón finished the year with three straight wins and thanks to Alexander Barboza’s second half diving header, they resumed the season with a fourth.
Newell’s were a little flat and failed to really respond from falling behind but remain third in the table while Defensa y Justicia have pulled firmly away from the relegation zone.
San Lorenzo 2 – 1 Belgrano
Defensa y Justicia 1 – 0 Newell’s Old Boys