Since Belgrano sent River Plate out of the top flight for the first time in their history in 2011 there has been a sense of rivalry in matches between the two sides and on Sunday evening it was River Plate able to enjoy the taste of victory after second half goals by Sebastián Driussi and Gonzalo Martínez.
Goalless at the break, it took barely 30 seconds for River to take the lead and as so often has been the case this season it was Sebastián Driussi with the goal. Ariel Rojas’ low cross from the left found the 21-year-old and the Primera’s leading scorer ruthlessly dispatched his eleventh of the campaign.
Central defender Cristian Lema pulled Belgrano level with a wonderfully worked goal, playing two one-twos as he brought the ball forward before rifling the ball past Augusto Batalla but River came again.
The in-form Gonzalo Martínez stroked River back in front and Marcelo Gallardo’s side held on for the points despite wasting perhaps the clearest chance they will create all season.
Four River players stake a claim for miss of the season with this beauty… pic.twitter.com/fBRgA1mp4R
— Daniel Edwards (@DanEdwardsGoal) March 26, 2017
Temperley’s survival hopes still hang by a thread but El Gasolero continue to fight and on Sunday evening, Marcos Figueroa’s 93rd-minute header earned the home side a point against Atlético Tucumán.
Christian Chimino had given Temperley a first half lead but a brace from the dangerous Fernando Zampedri looked to have given El Decano all three points only for Figueroa to pounce on a long ball down field and nod the ball over Cristian Lucchetti.
Later in Mar del Plata, Aldosivi’s recent run of good form continued with a late winner over relegation threatened Arsenal.
It’s now seven without defeat for El Tiburón and while that has gone someway to ease any fears of relegation, Arsenal have now dropped into the bottom four of the descenso. Jonathan Galván headed the home side ahead before the break but Lucas Wilchez’s equaliser looked to have given Humberto Grondona’s side a point. However, two minutes from time, Leandro Sosa wriggled through two challenges in the penalty area to poke in the winner.
River Plate 2 – 1 Belgrano
Temperley 2 – 2 Atlético Tucumán
Aldosivi 2 – 1 Arsenal de Sarandí