San Lorenzo & Talleres both drop points in pursuit of Boca, Godoy Cruz claim victory over Central & Temperley snatch draw against Gimnasia (VIDEO)

Boca Juniors could be twelve points clear at the top of the Superliga on Monday evening and with only nine fixtures remaining it would be difficult to see the defending champions caught after closest rivals, Talleres and San Lorenzo were held to goalless draws on Saturday.

Unión were the visitors to the Nuevo Gasómetro and while San Lorenzo had chances, they were unable to find a way past goalkeeper Nereo Fernández and had to settle for a point.

Nicolás Blandi and a surprisingly below-par Fernando Belluschi both missed opportunities in the first half and at either end of the second half, San Lorenzo had clear sights at the Unión goal. Minutes after the restart, Rubén Botta headed tamely into the arms of Fernández, unmarked from six yards out and in the closing stages, Matías Caruzzo was unable to beat the keeper from close range.

San Lorenzo had harboured ambitions of still catching Boca Juniors but with only one win in five matches, Claudio Biaggio’s side have likely seen that ship sail.

Which could have left Talleres as Boca’s only rival, except La T also dropped points, and are now 12 points adrift in second.  Frank Kudelka’s impressive side will certainly rue Saturday’s draw away to Tigre after Lucas Olaza missed a first half penalty and the hosts played with ten men for more than half the game.

After Sebastián Prediger’s second yellow card before the break, Talleres understandably had the better of the second half but when Santiago Silva headed a glorious chance wide and Daniel Imperiale made a terrific goal-line clearance, the visitors had to settle for a point.

San Lorenzo  0 – 0  Unión

Tigre  0 – 0  Talleres

A little later in Rosario, Godoy Cruz earned a rare away win over ten-man Central. El Tomba had only won once away from Mendoza before Saturday evening and so a trip to the Gigante de Arroyito, where Central had won their last four games without conceding a goal, didn’t bode well.

The home side’s evening got off to a bad start when Néstor Ortigoza appeared to injure himself walking onto the pitch and things got worse for El Canalla when Juan Garro flicked Godoy Cruz ahead and Fernando Tobio was sent off for leaving his boot in the back of Ángel González.

Central still competed but on the hour mark were two-down thanks to a fine Pol Fernández strike from distance and although Germán Herrera pulled a goal back in stoppage time it was nothing more than a consolation.

And finally, Temperley earned a deserved point from the visit of Gimnasia but it does little to help El Gasolero in their effort to avoid relegation.

Despite having the better of the game, Gimnasia led ten minutes after half time through Lorenzo Faravelli and it looked as though it would seal the points only for Emiliano Ozuna to score an 88th minute equaliser.

Rosario Central  1 – 2  Godoy Cruz

Temperley  1 – 1  Gimnasia

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