The competition for Copa Libertadores’ places couldn’t be greater and Newell’s Old Boys finally saw their challenge ended on Thursday afternoon as bottom of the table Belgrano snatched an injury time winner in Córdoba.
Matías Suárez had given the home side the lead from the penalty spot on the stroke of half time but within two minutes of the restart, Mauro Formica smashed in an equaliser from the edge of the penalty area.
Newell’s season has badly imploded at a crucial stage and there was no change in luck for La Lepra when Néstor Moraghi was sent off, allowing Belgrano to make the most of the man advantage and steal the points in the 92nd minute through Fernando Márquez.
A little later in La Fortaleza, Lanús deservedly defeated Huracán with late goals from veteran strike pair José Sand and Germán Denis.
Last season’s champions had been much the better side but couldn’t find a way past a determined Huracán defence until the 70th minute when Marcos Díaz tripped Lautaro Acosta and presented Sand with the opportunity to slot in the resulting penalty.
Marcelino Moreno was sent off late on for El Granate but even with ten men, the home side made certain of victory thanks to Germán Denis scoring the simplest of goals after Acosta had beaten Díaz to the ball and rolled it back across an empty goal.
Belgrano 2 – 1 Newell’s Old Boys
Lanús 2 – 0 Huracán