Unbeaten now in eight, Huracán recorded a late 1-0 win over Argentinos Juniors on Friday evening to climb into the 2019 Copa Libertadores spots but while El Globo dream of a return to the continent’s biggest stage, the club will remain in relegation danger next season.
Friday’s visitors to the Estadio Tomás Adolfo Ducó, Argentinos Juniors, were another side aiming to secure Superliga survival this season and just like their hosts, Los Bichos have managed that with ease.
Both are now competing for qualification to continental competition and how evenly matched the two sides were was clear on Friday.
A game of few clear chances looked to be heading for a goalless draw until ten minutes from time. Israel Damonte, never a regular goal scorer with Estudiantes, ran onto a loose ball in the penalty box to hammer a low volley past Lucas Chaves, his fourth goal since joining in January.
The goal proved decisive and with it Huracán climbed into fifth, a point clear of Independiente who play Boca on Sunday.
Huracán 1 – 0 Argentinos Juniors
Earlier in La Plata, Gimnasia’s dreadful run of form continued as Atlético Tucumán came from behind to claim a 2-1 win.
Four straight defeats prior to the visit of Atlético had created a bit of pressure on El Lobo but Facundo Sava’s side actually made a positive start in El Bosque.
When Lorenzo Faravelli finished off an excellent counter after half an hour it was a thoroughly deserved opener and by the time Juan Pablo Pompei blew for half time, the home side should have been further ahead.
Three gilt-edged chances wasted and another couple of fine saves from Augusto Batalla early in the second half kept the lead to one and Gimnasia were made to pay.
Alejandro Melo drilled in an equaliser after Rodrigo Aliendro saw an initial shot blocked and with Atlético posing a far greater threat once Luis Rodríguez had been introduced the game hung in the balance.
Seven minutes from time the visitors nicked it and the iconic Pulga played his part, laying the ball back for Gervasio Nuñez to slot past Alexis Arias.