Gimnasia’s trip to Rosario was a meeting of two of the Primera’s form sides and for 82 minutes it looked as though it would be El Lobo extending their fine run against ten-man Central. However, two late goals saw El Canalla claim an impressive victory and inflict Gimnasia’s first defeat in nine matches.
Barely a minute was on the clock when Brahian Alemán caught the Central defence cold and clipped the ball over Diego Rodríguez and given El Lobo’s defensive record, the home side were facing an uphill struggle from the off.
This was made all the more difficult when Marco Ruben was shown a red card for an alleged stamp on Mauricio Romero but with less than ten minutes remaining Washington Camacho cut inside onto his right foot and bent in a splendid equaliser.
A point in the circumstances for Paolo Montero’s side would have been a plus but with minutes remaining, Central broke and Germán Herrera stabbed in the winner. Two points dropped in six games for El Canalla while Gimnasia taste defeat for the first time since December.
A little earlier in Liniers and Vélez claimed a dramatic injury time win over Unión to ease their relegation fears.
Mariano Pavone’s early opener had been cancelled out by Franco Soldano’s volley and as the game was heading for a draw, Matías Vargas smashed in from close range to snatch all three points.
Finally in Florencio Varela, a heavily rotated Lanús side were deservedly beaten by Defensa y Justicia thanks to Agustín Bouzat’s smart finish ten minutes from time.
Defensa y Justicia 1 – 0 Lanús
Vélez Sarsfield 2 – 1 Unión
Rosario Central 2 – 1 Gimnasia