Ariel Holan’s first official match in charge of Independiente showed plenty of promise but ultimately was unable to shed the problems that El Rojo have suffered with all season – goals. San Martín were content to put bodies behind the ball and play for a point and while Independiente pushed forward, the vital goal was agonizingly out of reach.
Emmanuel Gigliotti came as close as possible to marking his debut with a goal when his stinging shot came back off the inside of the post, Martín Benitez later rattled the opposite upright and Luis Ardente pulled off a miraculous stop to deny Nicolás Tagliafico in the last minute but the visitors held on for a goalless draw.
In Victoria, Gimnasia claimed an 89th minute win over Tigre but the result could have been very different were it not for Erik Godoy’s reckless challenge, which earned him a red card, seven minutes from full time and a penalty appeal rejected moments before El Lobo’s winner.
The home side were still complaining about the unseen handball as Gimnasia broke and Brahian Alemán showed no hesitancy in rifling the ball into the bottom corner from distance.
Finally in Parque Patricios, Huracán made the most of Defensa y Justicia’s wasteful finishing to earn a valuable 2-0 win.
El Globo have been struggling for goals since the sale of Ramón Abila but took the lead after 15 minutes when full back Nicolás Romat caught Gabrial Arias by surprise at his near post.
If the first owed a little to luck, the second was a moment of magic by Mariano González. Down by the corner flag, the veteran midfielder darted between two players, cut inside another and unleashed a fierce, left footed shot into the top corner.
Defensa y Justicia have shown great improvement under Sebastián Bececcece and certainly had the chances to get back into the game. However, a glut of wasted opportunities allowed El Globo to claim what could be an important three points in the relegation battle.
Tigre 0 – 1 Gimnasia
Independiente 0 – 0 San Martín
Huracán 2 – 0 Defensa y Justicia