Ariel Holan remains unbeaten as Independiente manager but witnessed yet another draw in the Estadio Libertadores de América as Estudiantes held on for a 2-2 draw on Friday evening.
El Rojo have the best away record in the Primera but cannot find a way to see off teams in Avellaneda and two goals a minute either side of half time were enough for Estudiantes to leave Independiente frustrated once again.
An imprecise start saw the visitors have the better of the opening exchanges but it was Independiente who led when Martín Benítez produced a wonderful bicycle kick to break the deadlock.
Perhaps the critical moment in the match came just before the break when in the space of a few minutes Emanuel Gigliotti harshly had a goal disallowed and instead of being two goals-up, Independiente were pegged back after Facundo Sánchez followed up a Lucas Viatri header that came back off the post.
Matías Aguirregaray took advantage of some absent defending to put El Pincha ahead immediately after the restart but Ezequiel Barco pulled the home side level from the spot following a Santiago Ascacibar handball.
Independiente had chances to win it but once again were left with just a point and Ariel Holan was left to rue the referee’s decision to chalk off Gigliotti’s first half goal.
Earlier, Quilmes took a step towards safety and ended a run of seven-straight defeats with a 1-0 win over Talleres in the Estadio Centenario.
The visitors had come closest to scoring and twice struck the woodwork but it was Quilmes that took the lead midway through the second when Matías Orihuela tapped into a virtually empty net.
Talleres threw everything at their hosts and had the chances to salvage at least a point but Quilmes clung on for the vital three points.