The form of Talleres should perhaps no longer be a surprise but Frank Kudelka’s side chalked up a third consecutive win on Monday evening with victory over Temperley and with it climbed up into third in the Superliga table.
Temperley look increasingly destined for relegation and their toothlessness in front of goal was punished by Talleres, who were able to get back to Córdoba with all three points thanks to Junior Arias’ first half goal.
Arias tapped in from Joao Rojas’ low cross after a swift counter on 35 minutes and Temperley were unable to find a response. Arias had a second ruled out for a marginal offside decision and substitute Santiago Silva should have at least found the target with a clear chance towards the end but it was the home side that could have snatched something at the death. Marcos Figueroa’s shot from outside the box beat goalkeeper Guido Herrera but came back off the crossbar and meant Temperley remain a long way from safety.
In Villa Maipú, Chacarita Juniors breathed some life into their slim hopes of survival with victory over a lacklustre Vélez Sarsfield, themselves not yet safe from the drop.
Gabriel Heinze was able to hand Mauro Zárate his first appearance since rejoining but it could do little to help a Vélez team clearly in transition under a new manager with several new players to integrate. Chacarita striker Mauro Matos, having already missed one good chance, tapped in the opening goal on the stroke of half time and although Vélez pushed for an equaliser, their chances were reduced when Santiago Cáseres was shown a second yellow card.
With the man advantage, the impressive Hernán Petryk burst forward from right-back and slotted a second under César Rigamonti. Chacarita remain at the foot of the descenso table but with far fewer games played could in theory lift themselves out of trouble.
Finally in San Juan, Tigre managed to hold on for a point against San Martín despite the home side’s second half dominance. Cristian Ledesma’s side had chances in the opening 45 minutes but were eventually pegged back and only some excellent stops by goalkeeper Federico Crivelli preserved the goalless scoreline.