Estudiantes and Colombian forward Juan Ferney Otero continued their fine start to 2018 with victory over Newell’s Old Boys on Sunday afternoon.
Otero caused Independiente all manner of problems during Estudiantes’ victory in Avellaneda on Monday and despite Newell’s starting the better in La Plata, it was the Colombian who broke the deadlock from the penalty after being brought down himself.
Both sides continued to create chances, none better than the one that saw Lucas Melano volley over from a couple of yards out, but after 64 minutes it was Otero on target again. A corner from the left was headed back across goal by Leandro Desábato and Otero nudged the ball in from close range.
A goalline clearance prevented Newell’s falling further behind and minutes later Brian Sarmiento reduced the deficit, albeit thanks to a goalkeeping error by Mariano Andújar.
No sooner were Newell’s back in the game than Fernando Zuqui reestablished the lead with a tremendous long range strike and Mariano Pavone made sure, sweeping in a fourth eight minutes from time.
Luis Leal did manage to bundle in a late second for Newell’s but it couldn’t change the result and Estudiantes climbed to eighth with the win.
Meanwhile in Sarandí, Arsenal failed to improve their situation in the relegation battle with a goalless draw against Gimnasia.
Arsenal are as good as in the Nacional B already but Facundo Sava will be disappointed that his Gimnasia side couldn’t make their superiority count.
Estudiantes 4 – 2 Newell’s Old Boys
Arsenal 0 – 0 Gimnasia