Estudiantes’ recent grip on the Clásico Platense continued on Saturday afternoon with victory over Gimnasia and the result not only kept El Pincha in the title race but spelled the end for Gustavo Alfaro.
In what was a typically even and fiercely contested derby, Israel Damonte’s first half header proved just enough to snatch city bragging rights but also an important three points.
The result puts Estudiantes into fifth, five points behind leaders Boca but having played a game more while for Gimnasia, a fourth consecutive defeat pushed Gustavo Alfaro to hand in his resignation, telling the press, “It was a decision I had made a long time ago. It’s not strictly related to football, but other things.”
In the Estadio Marío Kempes just weeks after a Belgrano supporter was killed in the clásico, it was Talleres’ turn to host the derby and while there was no repeat of the ugly scenes that blighted the previous clash, the result was the same.
Matías Suárez thumped Belgrano into an early lead but Ezequiel Rescaldani slid in an equaliser for the hosts on the half hour mark.
Talleres can consider themselves fortunate for Juan Komar avoiding a red card just before half time when Néstor Pitana correctly penalised a tug on Suárez through on goal but opted for yellow. However, a strong shout for handball waved away in the opposite penalty area perhaps balanced things.