After the unexpected drama of round eight’s 3-3 draw, Colón returned to form on Friday evening with a much more familiar 1-0 win over Argentinos Juniors in La Paternal.
A game of few real chances, El Sabalero defended resolutely as ever and just after the hour mark broke the deadlock at a set piece. Germán Conti and Guillermo Ortíz almost always impress in their defensive duties but the latter, up for a corner, powerfully headed the ball into the net from close range.
Argentinos Juniors never really looked like getting back into the game and instead slumped to a second consecutive defeat. Colón meanwhile remain unbeaten and climb up into third for the time being.
In Rosario, Joel Amoroso came back to haunt former club Newell’s Old Boys with the forward striking late on to give new club Belgrano a first win in six.
El Pirata haven’t scored in that time and looked to be heading for another stalemate but two minutes from time a Marcelo Benítez free kick rattled against the wall into the path of an unmarked Amoroso to drill the ball past Luciano Pocrnjic.
Newell’s had been in charge for large parts and certainly had the better of the chances but La Lepra also lack goals and were made to pay.
Lastly, Arsenal remain entrenched in the relegation zone but did manage a valuable point away to Atlético Tucumán.
Despite the goalless scoreline both sides did create chances and while the point does little to immediately help Humberto Grondona’s side, the under pressure coach will have been satisfied with how his side battled to keep the home side at bay.
Argentinos Juniors 0 – 1 Colón
Atlético Tucumán 0 – 0 Arsenal
Newell’s Old Boys 0 – 1 Belgrano