It is the end of an era at the Estadio Ciudad de Lanús and after defeat in the Copa Libertadores final the inevitable changing of the guard has begun with manager Jorge Almirón. The coach looks set to test himself in La Liga with Las Palmas and so waved goodbye to his adoring public after Monday’s goalless draw with Vélez Sarsfield.
Despite naming a strong side it was clear that El Granate had not yet recovered from the bitter disappointment of defeat to Grêmio last week and were it not for some wasteful finishing, Almirón would have left the club after another loss.
However, Vélez youngster Luis Amarilla missed a host of clear chances to keep the scores level and the sides shared the points. The visitors still have work to do to ensure their Superliga survival while for Lanús the start of a new era will begin. Replacing Almirón will not be easy and with the possibility of several players also leaving, El Granate face a difficult task of rebuilding.
A little later in Tucumán and the Superliga’s last unbeaten record came to an end as Colón slumped to defeat against Atlético. After a bright start from the visitors, Luis Rodríguez fired El Decano ahead and Colón’s job became far more difficult a minute later when young Tomás Chancalay was sent off for a dangerous boot to the head of Guillermo Acosta.
Atlético, without a win in three before the game, wasted several chances to extend their lead but in stoppage time wrapped up the points. Acosta volleying in from close range to provide a morale boosting win ahead of this weekend’s Copa Argentina final against River Plate.
And finally in San Juan, San Martín secured victory over Banfield to extend El Taladro’s poor run of form to just one win in seven.
The home side were ahead after two minutes when Maxi Rodríguez found the bottom corner and although Banfield came close to an equaliser, Gabriel Carabajal’s sensational long range effort doubled the lead.
Banfield had chances but Gonzalo Bettini’s goal proved to be nothing more than a consolation as San Martín jumped above their opponents into ninth.