Having not won since the opening weekend and going out of the Copa Argnetina, Independiente were in need of a win and despite some nervy moments, El Rojo managed that with a deserved victory over Vélez.
The locals in Avellaneda were growing increasingly worried of yet another afternoon of wastefulness after seeing several chances missed, Nicolás Tagliafico head against the crossbar and debutant Gastón Silva strike the inside of the post. But in the 51st minute, the dangerous Maxi Meza ran unchecked into the six-yard box to connect with Ezequiel Barco’s corner and volley into the net.
Vélez responded well to going behind and began to see more of the ball as they probed for an equaliser, eager to avoid only a second defeat of the season. However, Omar de Felippe’s side couldn’t fashion a clear-cut chance and saw Fausto Grillo sent off late on for an off the ball incident with Fernando Amorebieta.
Earlier in San Juan, San Martín came from behind to defeat Rosario Central after the visitors were reduced to nine men during the second half.
Fernando Zampedri’s glancing header on the stroke of half time had given Central a half time lead but the game changed when full back Alfonso Parot was shown a second yellow card.
Two minutes later Emiliano Agüero bundled in an equaliser and almost immediately after San Martín led when Facundo Barceló headed in unmarked.
Central struck the post in search of an equaliser but when Fernando Tobio was sent off for a reckless high boot, hopes of a point looked lost. Luis Ardente wrapped up the points for the home side from the penalty spot.
In Córdoba, Talleres earned a thoroughly deserved 1-0 win over in-form Patronato. After peppering the visitors goal with shots, Junior Arias eventually tapped in, finishing off a nice passing move.
That proved to be enough and La T climbed to fourth in the table with a third win of the season.
Talleres 1 – 0 Patronato
San Martín 3 – 1 Rosario Central
Independiente 1 – 0 Vélez Sarsfield