Refereeing was again in the spotlight on Monday evening as Argentina’s World Cup official Néstor Pitana came under fire from Estudiantes for errors which aided a Chacarita Juniors victory in Quilmes.
El Pincha, still hoping to secure a 2019 Copa Sudamericana place, were beaten by a Chacarita side battling to pull off a miraculous relegation escape but both goals were not without controversy.
Mauro Matos slotted Los Funebreros ahead from the penalty spot but not only was the handball against Leandro Desábato unclear but the ball had clearly gone some yards out of play before goalkeeper Mariano Andújar cleared moments earlier.
Estudiantes were far from their best and failed to create much but their sense of injustice only increased when Chacarita doubled their lead just after half time.
Matías Rodríguez led a counter and in doing so tussled with Estudiantes midfielder Iván Gómez before slipping in Nahuel Menéndez to round Andújar. Néstor Pitana’s decision to give Chacarita an advantage would have been correct were it not the case that Rodríguez had clearly pulled back on the shirt of Gómez first to get the ball.
Estudiantes’ raged at full time and while both were mistakes by Pitana and his team, El Pincha did little to deserve victory.
Estudiantes 0 – 2 Chacarita Juniors
Earlier in Sarandí, Arsenal reacted to their relegation last weekend with a draw against Patronato.
Gabriel Alanís slotted Arsenal in front and Diego Cháves should have put the home side further ahead after the break, missing badly when one-on-one with Sebastián Bértoli.
That miss proved costly as Matías Garrido drilled in a loose ball from close to the penalty spot. Arsenal might be gone already and with the point, Patronato have almost confirmed their top flight status for another season.