Belgrano’s recent run of good form continued on Friday evening as Matias Suárez struck an 83rd minute winner to give El Pirata a 1-0 win over Huracán. The home side were good value for the points but were made to wait until late on after spurning a number of clear opportunities.
Suárez, Joel Amoroso and Leonardo Sequeira were all guilty of wasting chances through either poor finishing or excellent goalkeeping by Marcos Díaz. Huracán rarely threatened against a Belgrano defence that has conceded only once in the last five games.
The visitors saw Fernando Coniglio sent off 20 minutes from time for an alleged elbow and with the numerical advantage Belgrano snatched it. A long throw made its way through to the back post where Suárez unleashed a fierce volley with too much on it for Díaz.
Belgrano climb to sixth with the win while Huracán still have one eye on the relegation zone. Ramón Ábila completes his move to Boca Juniors now and so unless reinforcements come in the second half of the season for El Globo could be nervy.
Patronato eased their own nerves with a vital win over rivals Olimpo in Paraná to put a little distance between themselves and the drop zone but the visitors will rue missed opportunities.
Olimpo have been locked in the drop zone since the start of the campaign and with games rapidly running out to close the gap could ill afford to lose against one of the sides sitting directly above. Maxi Fornari should have ensured that was the case when he ran clean through on goal in the second half but his weak effort was stopped by Sebastián Bértoli before Sebastián Ribas slid in the game’s only goal at the other end.
And finally, Temperley are beginning to wonder if they can pull off another great escape after securing a narrow win over Tigre at the Estadio Alfredo Beranger.
Lucas Menossi had given the visitors an early lead and minutes after the linesman wrongly disallowed a second for offside, Temperley levelled. Adrián Arregui powerfully headed past Maxi Díaz and before the break, El Gasolero led when Juan Sánchez Sotelo smashed in from the penalty spot.
Tigre slumped to a third straight defeat as Caruso Lombardi signed off as manager with his typical refereeing grievances but Temperley, unbeaten in four since Gaston Esmerado took over, will be looking at those sides above them in the descenso with the belief that survival is still possible.