At just the right time Vélez Sarsfield snapped their four-match losing streak and ended a goal drought that lasted equally as long with a crucial victory over relegation rivals Olimpo.
A bright start to the Superliga quickly gave way for a dreadful run of results that left Vélez precariously above the drop zone and so the visit of the side directly below them was critical.
Olimpo are in even worse shape having won only once this campaign but came close to opening the deadlock in Liniers when David Depetris headed against the post.
Just before the hour mark the first goal did arrive but this time it was the head of Fabián Cubero applying the finishing touch. The Vélez skipper up for a corner flicking the ball at the near post for it to loop beyond Adrián Gabbarini.
Olimpo still posed a threat but couldn’t equalise before second half substitute Gonzalo Bergessio scored twice to seal the points. The visitors remain in deep trouble while Vélez put a little breathing space between themselves and the bottom four.
Temperley also remain in the relegation zone but did secure an important win over San Martín. Adrián Arregui’s towering header in the third minute proved to be the only goal of the game and despite seeing Ramiro Costa sent off during the second half, El Gasolero held on for all three points.
Arsenal were unable to breathe any life into their survival bid after slumping to defeat against Talleres. Nicolás Giménez’s deflected effort in the opening few minutes was enough and leaves Arsenal needing almost a miracle to avoid dropping into the Nacional B.
Arsenal 0 – 1 Talleres
Vélez Sarsfield 3 – 0 Olimpo
Temperley 1 – 0 San Martín