Talleres may not have enough to catch Boca Juniors but with each victory Frank Kudelka’s side move a step closer to qualifying for the 2019 Copa Libertadores.
A below full-strength Atlético Tucumán were the visitors to the Estadio Marío Kempes but it didn’t prevent El Decano taking an early lead, Rodrigo Aliendro volleying in Yonathan Cabral’s knockdown after nine minutes.
La T had been poor in the first 45 minutes but improved after the break. Atlético still posed a threat but fifteen minutes from time, Talleres forced an equaliser as Lucas Olaza burst down the left and his cross was expertly flicked past Augusto Batalla by Juniors Arias.
The home side knew that only three points would do and so when centre-back Carlos Quintana stabbed in a second, the relief was clear.
Francisco Grahl was shown a second yellow card for Atlético and in stoppage time, Juan Ramírez ran clear to add a third for Talleres and wrap up the points.
Talleres close to within five points of Boca at the top, with the league leaders hosting Tigre on Saturday, but perhaps more importantly hold a seven-point advantage in the race for Copa Libertadores qualification.
Talleres 3 – 1 Atlético Tucumán
In La Plata, Gimnasia’s poor form continues as Banfield secured a 2-0 win on the road thanks to second half goals by Darío Cvitanich and Mauricio Sperduti.
A wonderful first half penalty save by Mauricio Arboleda denied Braian Alemán and Gimnasia an opening goal and it proved more costly when Gimnasia foolishly left Cvitanich unmarked to head in from a corner shortly after the restart. Banfield’s leading scorer had missed a glorious chance in the first 45 minutes but made no mistake with his head.
The hosts had a couple of penalty shouts but with eight minutes remaining, Cvitanich slipped in Sperduti to slot a second past Alexis Arias and seal the points.
And in Mendoza, Godoy Cruz bounced back from their first dropped points of the season at home two weeks ago to secure a 1-0 win over Arsenal and climb up into third, at least for a day or two.
Arsenal’s victory over Lanús last weekend had given a slight glimmer that perhaps Sergio Rondina’s side could pull off a miraculous escape but despite making life difficult for Godoy Cruz, the visitors still left the Estadio Malvinas Argentinas with nothing and relegation remains almost certain.
Without Santiago García and Juan Garro, Godoy Cruz did not carry the same threat but won it thanks to Ángel González sliding in from close range just after the hour mark. Hopes of a comeback for Arsenal were dealt a blow when Marcos Curado was shown a second yellow card in the 73rd minute.
Gimnasia 0 – 2 Banfield
Godoy Cruz 1 – 0 Arsenal