There appears to be no stopping Sebastián Ribas right now and it is just as well for Patronato as the Uruguayans goals have pulled the club clear of relegation danger, fired the centre forward to the top of the scoring charts and on Friday earned a 2-2 draw with Belgrano in Córdoba.
Belgrano’s draw against Vélez two weeks ago were the first two goals conceded at El Gigante de Alberdi this season as El Pirata’s terrific home record has pushed them into Copa Libertadores qualification contention. And it looked as though it would be another routine home victory when Pablo Lavallén’s side raced into a two-goal lead.
Matías Suárez won an early penalty, converted by Mauro Guevgeozián and soon after Leonardo Sequiera nutmegged Renzo Vera before exquisitely clipping the ball over Sebastián Bértoli for number two.
The two-goal advantage didn’t last long as Ribas flicked a header past Lucas Acosta and while it was the home side with the better chances after that, Ribas struck again twenty minutes from time. Strike partner Adrian Balboa headed across goal and the Superliga’s most dangerous forward climbed above two defenders to head in his second.
Ribas’ brace takes the striker to eleven for the season and while it edged Patronato further away from the danger, it prevented Belgrano from temporarily climbing into the Copa Libertadores spots.
Belgrano 2 – 2 Patronato
In Sarandí, Arsenal celebrated three points for only the second time this season and while their relegation remains almost a certainty, the result goes to show how far Lanús have declined since last year and how dependent El Granate are on the injured Lautaro Acosta.
A superb Diego Cháves finish gave Arsenal an early lead and when Marcos Curado headed a second before half-time, the locals in Sarandí sensed they could be about to witness a rare victory. Alejandro Silva pulled a goal back from the penalty spot but Lanús couldn’t find an equaliser and slipped to a seventh defeat in twelve matches, a result that leaves last year’s Copa Libertadores finalists 22nd in the league.
Later in Santa Fe, Huracán held Colón to a goalless draw and while it was the home side that came closest to scoring during the 90 minutes, El Globo felt most aggrieved at the full-time whistle as referee Facundo Tello blew just as Mauro Bogado shot from halfway and successfully lobbed Alexander Domínguez.
Another point to safety this season for Huracán while Colón remain in the 2019 Copa Sudamericana spots.
Arsenal 2 – 1 Lanús
Colón 0 – 0 Huracán