They may well be two of Buenos Aires’ biggest clubs outside the traditional ‘Big Five’ but Huracán and Vélez Sarsfield are in the midst of a relegation battle so El Globo’s narrow 1-0 win on Monday evening could be hugely significant come the end of the season.
Huracán have certainly enjoyed the better start to the Superliga season and despite seeing Ramón Abila forced off early through injury, should have made things far easier against a struggling Vélez side.
The visitors, who parted ways with manager Omar de Felippe last week, looked no better under the temporary guidance of Marcelo Gómez but despite being second best were still left to rue just one individual mistake.
Emiliano Amor’s miscontrol and rash attempt to win the ball back gifted Huracán a first half penalty and Mauro Bogado smashed in what proved to the only goal of the game. El Globo climbed to fourth despite their relegation fears while for Vélez five defeats in their last six is a real concern.
Huracán’s win lifts them one place further away from the drop zone at the expense of Patronato, who suffered defeat to Gimnasia.
Nicolás Colazo slotted El Lobo deservedly ahead in La Plata and shortly after the break, Nicolás Mazzola doubled the lead. In truth it could have been far worse for Patronato, particularly after Renzo Vera and Lautaro Germiniani were both red carded with half an hour remaining.
Gimnasia have hardly been in the best of form but could have had five against a Patronato side with the look of strong relegation candidates despite still hovering above the bottom four.
In Bahía Blanca, Olimpo earned a point from the visit of Godoy Cruz, which keeps the Aurinegro in the drop zone but may yet prove to be useful.
Franco Troyansky scrambled the home side in front after goalkeeper Leonardo Burián failed to hold his initial effort and unable to find a second, Godoy Cruz eventually pulled level. Santiago García’s header came back off the post but the Uruguayan was able to volley the rebound into the empty net.
Three unbeaten now for Olimpo but Rubén Forestello really needs to start adding wins if he is to guide the club to Superliga safety.
Gimnasia 2 – 0 Patronato
Olimpo 1 – 1 Godoy Cruz
Huracán 1 – 0 Vélez Sarsfield