It goes to show how good Godoy Cruz are in Mendoza when El Tomba now sit fourth in the Superliga and have won only once away from home. Diego Dabove’s side made light work of Lanús in midweek and on Sunday claimed their seventh consecutive victim at the Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, defeating a Belgrano side unbeaten in seven.
Juan Garro’s diving header gave Godoy Cruz an early lead but it lasted only a few minutes as Belgrano centre-back Cristian Lema rose at a corner to powerfully head an equaliser past a helpless Leonardo Burián.
The ever-dangerous Santiago García thought he has restored the lead momentarily during the first half before an offside flag saved Belgrano but the Uruguayan had his say, fifteen minutes from time. A rare error in the visiting defence allowed García to poke in from a few yards out and it proved to be decisive.
Seven wins from seven home games now for Godoy Cruz and if Dabove can address the form on the road, El Tomba will be in with a real chance of Copa Libertadores qualification.
Talleres are also dreaming of a place in the continent’s biggest tournament after a victory over Banfield took La T up into second.
Banfield, the surprise Libertadores qualifier from last season, are still trying to book their place in the group stages and so ahead of their third round of qualifying this week were understandably understrength.
Given the vast changes made by Julio César Falcioni, the visitors may feel a little aggrieved to have been undone only by a contentious first half penalty. Claudio Bravo will feel there was little he could have done as the ball bobbled onto his arm but after Dario Herrera pointed to the spot, Lucas Olaza made no mistake.
Four consecutive wins for Talleres as Frank Kudelka’s side continue to avoid the eventual slump that many predicted would hit.
Godoy Cruz 2 – 1 Belgrano
Talleres 1 – 0 Banfield