Estudiantes’ dip in form had seen their title challenge dwindle but in Mar del Plata on Friday evening, Nelson Vivas’ side roared back into contention with an impressive 4-1 win over Aldosivi.
Matías Aguirregaray stabbed Estudiantes ahead early and although Jonathan Galván equalised from the penalty spot, Sebastian Dubarbier’s free kick restored the lead, sneaking past Pablo Campodónico with no one able to get a touch.
Aldosivi have shown improvements in recent weeks and enjoyed the majority of possession but Aguirregaray scored his second of the match with a spectacular bicycle kick on the hour mark. Another set-piece brought a fourth when Juan Bautista Cascini headed in unmarked and Estudiantes celebrated back-to-back victories for the first time since the end of October.
In the Gigante de Arroyito, Rosario Central’s recent resurgence under Paolo Montero continued with a third win in four after victory over Atlético Tucumán.
Teo Gutiérrez proved the difference again with two superb passes to create well taken goals for Federico Carrizo and Marco Ruben, which rendered Fernando Zampedri’s late goal for ten-man Atlético nothing more than a consolation. Four assists in two matches now for the Colombian have seen Central climb to 13th in the table.
Finally in Santa Fe, Diego Vera’s bundled second half goal was enough for Colón to beat Godoy Cruz after the visitors had Facundo Silva sent off before half time. A fourth straight victory for El Sabalero and a fourth clean sheet.
Aldosivi 1 – 4 Estudiantes
Rosario Central 2 – 1 Atlético Tucumán
Colón 1 – 0 Godoy Cruz