Ahead of a Copa Libertadores quarter final in midweek, San Lorenzo have certainly got other priorities at present but despite Diego Aguirre resting players and having Victor Salazar sent off in the first half, Los Cuervos still held Rosario Central to a goalless draw.
An even opening 40 or so minutes swung in favour of the home side when Salazar, a recent San Lorenzo signing from Central, overran the ball and clumsily, rather than maliciously, clattered Santiago Romero. Patricio Loustau went straight for the red and from this moment, the home side began to dominate.
Clear chances remained at a premium but Fernando Zampedri should probably have won it, heading tamely from close range into the arms of Sebastián Torrico when a goal seemed certain.
Earlier in Mendoza, Godoy Cruz snatched a dramatic injury time win over Talleres despite also being reduced to ten men before half time.
El Tomba were already ahead thanks to Juan Garro’s opportunistic toe-poke when Fabián Henríquez was shown a second yellow card after 43 minutes.
The numerical advantage allowed Talleres to gain the upper hand and when João Rojas slid in an equaliser seven minutes from time, the visitors sensed all three points were available. However, pushing numbers forward, La T were hit on the counter and with virtually the last kick of the game Santiago Garcia tapped in a winner for the home side.
Chacarita Juniors finally got their Superliga campaign underway in a rather wet Villa Maipú and thanks to a late Leandro Martinez free kick earned a point from the visit of Tigre.
Caruso Lombardi was desperate to put the disappointment of a heavy defeat to Vélez on the opening day behind him and when Carlos Rodríguez headed Tigre in front after 66 minutes, it looked as though he would be able to.
However, with two minutes remaining Martinez’s stunning hit from over 30 yards struck the underside of the bar and goalkeeper Julio Chiarini before nestling in the net.
Chacarita Juniors 1 – 1 Tigre
Godoy Cruz 2 – 1 Talleres
Rosario Central 0 – 0 San Lorenzo