All eyes will be back on Boca Juniors on Sunday evening to see if the defending champions can re-establish their lead at the top of the Superliga after seeing it cut by Talleres and to a lesser extent San Lorenzo, who both still harbour slim hopes of lifting the title.
San Lorenzo saw off the almost certainly relegated Olimpo at the Nuevo Gasómetro before Talleres held on for a 1-0 win over Defensa y Justicia.
One win in six has all but ended San Lorenzo’s title challenge but with at least 2019 Copa Libertadores qualification still to guarantee, points are precious and victory over Olimpo was vital.
After a host of missed chances in the first half it was youngster Nahuel Barrios, who provided the breakthrough just after half time, the 19-year-old’s tremendous long range effort arrowing into the top corner.
Captain Nicolás Blandi ensured victory, smashing in after Nicolás Reniero’s clever chest down but with Los Cuervos still ten points off Boca, the title ship has surely sailed.
San Lorenzo 2 – 0 Olimpo
Later in Córdoba, Talleres moved to within five of Boca after a hard fought win over Defensa y Justicia.
Juan Ramírez’s goal winner midway through the first half wasn’t without its own share of controversy as the visitors contested the throw-in from which it came and that was indicative of the game as a whole.
Defensa y Justicia manager Juan Pablo Vojvoda was sent from the dugout after being angered by Talleres’ ball-boys taking their time and there were three subsequent red cards.
Talleres saw Santiago Silva given his marching orders first, before Defensa y Justicia had Lisandro Martínez and Alexander Barboza both sent off.
Five points the difference, Talleres now need to hope for a slip from Boca as the two sides still need to face each other in La Bombonera in two weeks.
Talleres 1 – 0 Defensa y Justicia