Marcelo Gallardo is still yet to get River Plate back firing on all cylinders and while this week’s Copa Libertadores opener is priority, El Muñeco will have been left frustrated by Sunday’s goalless draw with Unión in the Monumental.
Nacho Fernández came closest with a stinging shot that bounced down off the crossbar onto the goalline but Unión were good value for a point. The visitors had chances of their own and made life uncomfortable for River.
Eleven points behind Boca Juniors, any title aspirations may well be gone already but focus is firmly on Wednesday evening’s clash with Independiente Medellín.
Rosario Central were made to pay for a costly first half penalty miss by Godoy Cruz in the Gigante de Arroyito as Gastón Giménez slid in the only goal of the game to give El Tomba a first away win of the season.
The goal came after an opening 45 minutes that culminated in Teo Gutiérrez and Marco Ruben debating who should take Central’s penalty only for the latter to see his effort saved by Rodrigo Rey.
Following the recent sales of Franco Cervi, Giovani Lo Celso and Walter Montoya, Central really need Ruben back to his best if they are to improve results.
Finally in Tucumán, Atlético maintained their fine start to the year with a 2-1 win over relegation threatened Sarmiento. Still with a spring in their step from Copa Libertadores qualification, El Decano took an early lead with José Méndez slotting past Julio Chiarini.
Fabio Álvarez doubled the lead when he volleyed in from a weak Chiarini punch and while Héctor Cuevas pulled a goal back from the penalty spot two minutes from time, Sarmiento slumped to defeat. A result that leaves El Verde firmly in the bottom four of the descenso.