Newell’s Old Boys still had an outside chance of the title before Saturday evening but a disastrous trip to the Estadio 15 de Abril resulted in not only a 2-1 defeat to Unión but the arrest of vice-president Juan Matías upon entry to the stadium and manager Diego Osella resigning after full-time.
Matías’ ID was screened trying to enter the stadium and resulted in his arrest for alleged drug smuggling and things were little better on the pitch. Nelson Acevedo blasted Unión ahead early from distance and Sebastián Prediger was sent off before half time.
Despite the numerical disadvantage, Newell’s did force an equaliser when Maxi Rodríguez’s fierce volley came back against the post and bounced off goalkeeper Nereo Fernández into the net.
However, two minutes from time Rodrigo Erramuspe headed a winner for the home side and after suffering defeat, Newell’s coach Diego Osella only added to the problems. Amid problems with club president Eduardo Bermúdez, Osella said, “There is a line and when crossed you cannot go back,” before informing the press of his resignation.
Later in La Fortaleza, Lanús did just enough to edge past Estudiantes thanks to Matías Sánchez’s goal after quarter of an hour.
There was little between the two sides and certainly Augusto Solari’s contender for miss of the season proved costly for the visitors but after Santiago Ascacibar was shown a straight red card late on, El Granate were able to hold on for all three points.
Unión 2 – 1 Newell’s Old Boys
Lanús 1 – 0 Estudiantes