To say that Lucas Bernardi got off to a good start as Estudiantes manager would be an understatement as El Pincha raced into a three-goal lead against Temperley to earn a first win since the opening weekend.
Gustavo Matosas’ resignation last week left Juan Sebastián Verón looking for a new coach once again and the Estudiantes president moved swiftly to bring Lucas Bernardi to the club.
His impact was immediate in the Estadio Alfredo Beranger as Juan Otero darted clear and clipped the ball over Josué Ayala for a third minute lead. And it got better as with the next attack, Otero headed the ball back into the path of Pablo Lugüercio and he doubled the lead.
Gastón Fernández curled a third into the bottom corner after 16 minutes and Estudiantes could arguably have been in further ahead by half time. Temperley tried to find a way back in the second half and struck the post through Marcos Figueroa but any other shots on target were saved by Mariano Andújar.
After a difficult couple of weeks it was a welcome result for Estudiantes while for Temperley it was cause for serious concern.
In the Nuevo Gasómetro, San Lorenzo caretaker boss Claudio Biaggio was unable to secure back-to-back wins as Colón’s resolute defence held firm for a goalless draw.
The visitors are unbeaten this season and although they posed a threat during the first half in Bajo Flores, it was once again El Sabalero’s back line that earned them the points. San Lorenzo threw players forward after the break in search of the win but couldn’t find a way past some last-ditch tackling and excellent goalkeeping by Alexander Domínguez.
San Lorenzo will be hoping to appoint their new manager this week but for now Los Cuervos and Colón remain together, unbeaten, on nine points.