Huracán may remain in the thick of the relegation dog-fight but look far from Superliga bottom-dwellers now that Ramón Ábila has returned to lead the attack. El Globo chalked up a second straight win on Monday evening as Wanchope and talented side-kick Ignacio Pussetto scored in a 3-1 win over Gimnasia.
Lacking the focal point that Wanchope provided prior to his transfer to Cruzeiro, Huracán look a far more dangerous proposition now that the big number nine is back in Parque Patricios.
Gimnasia had threatened early on in La Plata but it was El Globo that led on the half hour mark when Ábila tapped in from Pussetto’s unselfish pass across goal. A third goal in four games since returning for the Boca Juniors-bound striker.
Shortly after half-time Ábila repaid the gesture for Pussetto to roll in a simple second and while El Globo should have been awarded a penalty instead Gimnasia reduced the deficit, Nicolás Colazo scrappily forcing the ball past Marcos Díaz.
Desperate for all three points, the home side’s goal ensured a nervy finish but Pussetto made certain with a well-struck finish from the edge of the box. El Globo still with plenty to do but should be aiming to climb away from danger in the coming weeks.
A little later, relegation rivals Temperley pegged back Rosario Central to claim a point but remain in the drop zone.
El Gasolero were rocked by the news earlier in the day that defender Alexis Zárate was sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison for sexual abuse but couldn’t afford to be distracted when every point is so precious this season.
Fernando Zampedri slotted Central into an early lead as El Canalla went looking for a first win of the season but Temperley improved after the break and Mathias Villasanti headed an equaliser.
Gimnasia 1 – 3 Huracán
Temperley 1 – 1 Rosario Central