Friday’s results had already confirmed Sarmiento and Atlético de Rafaela for relegation but it left Quilmes needing a win on Saturday and Los Cerveceros’ draw against Atlético ended their season-long struggle, leaving only one remaining spot for the drop.
Riddled with problems off the pitch, Quilmes have been dreadful and were behind at half time in Rafaela after a Fernando Luna penalty but were level just after the break through Federico Andrada’s free kick.
However, even when the already relegated hosts had Gabriel Gudiño and Diego Montiel sent off, Quilmes didn’t look like snatching the required three points. The whistle blew and brought to an end the visitors’ time in the top flight; both will meet again next season in the Nacional B.
So with only one relegation spot remaining, there are a number of teams still in danger and Arsenal are one of them after a 2-1 home defeat to Godoy Cruz. Humberto Grondona’s side have shown signs of recovery recently to climb out of the drop zone but fell two down in the second half after goals by Santiago García and Javier Correa.
Juan Sánchez Sotelo immediately pulled one back but in the closing fifteen minutes, the home couldn’t find an equaliser, leaving themselves on the edge of relegation.
Meanwhile in Quilmes, Estudiantes put a turbulent week behind then with a 2-0 victory over Belgrano. Supporters came out in support of club president Juan Sebastián Verón and legend Carlos Bilardo after a testing few days in the wake of Nelson Vivas’ departure but the players showed no ill effect. Javier Toledo and Leandro Desábato scored first half goals to seal the win and maintain El Pincha’s challenge for a Copa Libertadores spot.
Arsenal 1 – 2 Godoy Cruz
Estudiantes 2 – 0 Belgrano
Atlético de Rafaela 1 – 1 Quilmes