Trailing Boca Juniors by four points, Godoy Cruz had to keep their run of six straight wins going if they were to put the pressure on the leaders but unfortunately for Diego Dabove’s underdogs, a trip to Banfield on Saturday could only yield a point.
Not at their free-flowing best that has produced eight goals in the past two matches, Godoy Cruz struggled to break down a resolute Banfield and it wasn’t really until Enzo Kalinski gave the home side the lead with a thumping header that El Tomba stirred.
Victorio Ramis smashed in a 71st minute equaliser and while Luciano Abecasis went close with two long range efforts, it was Superliga leading scorer Santiago García that came closest to snatching all three points. The Uruguayan’s clipped finish over Mauricio Arboleda was cleared off the line by Adrián Sporle and Pol Fernández could only slide the rebound wide.
Godoy Cruz may remain in second but could find themselves six points behind Boca on Sunday evening and while that could mean title hopes are over, a place in the Copa Libertadores still looks almost certain.
Banfield 1 – 1 Godoy Cruz
And finally in Bajo Flores, San Lorenzo returned to winning ways despite making hard work of victory over relegated Chacarita Juniors.
The heavy defeat to Godoy Cruz and draw against Vélez Sarsfield had left San Lorenzo needing points to guarantee Copa Libertadores football.
Nicolás Reneiro’s first half header settled it but Claudio Biaggio’s side certainly had the chances to make it more comfortable. Chacarita battled and didn’t make things easy but San Lorenzo in third with a four-point cushion to sixth are close to sealing their return to the Libertadores.