Despite Ezequiel Carboni making his managerial debut with Lanús it is safe to say that El Granate are still suffering from a Copa Libertadores hangover after El Granate slumped to a dreadful 3-0 defeat at the hands of Chacarita Juniors.
With Jorge Almirón already gone following the disappointing defeat to Grêmio, new manager Kelly Carboni would have hoped for a reaction from his players but the 38-year-old was given perhaps a better idea of how much work the club need to do ahead of the season restart.
Matías Rodríguez rifled Chacarita ahead after 13 minutes and soon after Federico Rosso doubled the lead, heading in from close range after Lanús failed to clear a corner.
Rosso wriggled free to head his second shortly after half time and the scoreline in no way flattered the side who had previously won only once all season and still sit bottom of the relegation table.
Lanús had Fernando Barrientos sent off to compound a thoroughly miserable evening and now Carboni must use the six-week break to reassess his squad. Chacarita enjoyed a rare victory but any thoughts of survival still look highly premature.
In San Juan, Defensa y Justicia’s four-match winning streak was brought to an end by a San Martín side, who surprisingly end the year up in eighth.
The visitors, so deadly in front of goal in recent weeks with the red-hot form of Nicolás Fernández, were unable to find the net and so Facundo Barceló’s first half strike sealed it.
With both sides sitting in the top ten, it has been a hugely positive first half of the Superliga season.
San Martín 1 – 0 Defensa y Justicia
Chacarita Juniors 3 – 0 Lanús