Newell’s may have seen their title challenge disappear the way of Lanús’ title defence but both sides still have Copa Libertadores qualification to play for and Diego Braghieri’s last minute equaliser may yet have significant impact.
A poor opening 45 minutes from the champions was fortunate to only be punished by Héctor Fertoli’s well-taken opener but despite improving after the break, Lanús still looked to be heading to defeat. However, with a minute of stoppage time remaining, Lautaro Acosta’s cross was powerfully headed into the back of the net by Braghieri for a share of the points.
In Avellaneda, Independiente’s hopes of returning to the Copa Libertadores were dealt a blow by Olimpo clinching a valuable point in their bid to remain in the top flight. Lucas Albertengo had volleyed El Rojo ahead ten minutes before half time but a sloppy start to the second period saw the visitors equalise thanks to Carlos Rodríguez’s firm header. Independiente pushed for a winner but couldn’t find a way past Adrián Gabbarini meaning Ariel Holan’s side missed the chance to climb into the top five.
Meanwhile in Paraná, Caruso Lombardi made a winning start as Tigre manager with his side claiming a 2-0 win over Patronato. A wonderful Lucas Menossi strike broke the deadlock and it would have been enough for the points but Carlos Luna made absolutely certain with a penalty in stoppage time.
Newell’s Old Boys 1 – 1 Lanús
Patronato 0 – 2 Tigre
Independiente 1 – 1 Olimpo