Title challengers up until a couple of weeks ago, back-to-back defeats for Talleres had swiftly seen not only that dream extinguished but their hopeful place in the Copa Libertadores under threat so Saturday’s victory over Gimnasia was vital for Frank Kudelka’s side.
A dominant display against a woefully out of form Gimnasia side deserved an earlier breakthrough but once Aldo Araujo nodded in from close range on the hour mark, the result already looked beyond doubt.
Facundo Sava’s beleaguered Gimnasia never looked likely to cause the upset and substitute Junior Arias wrapped up the win late on, running clear on the counter to round goalkeeper Alexis Arias.
While Talleres climbed back into fourth and in those important Copa Libertadores spot, Gimnasia slumped to a sixth straight defeat. A run of results that saw Facundo Sava’s short spell in charge come to an end.
Talleres 2 – 0 Gimnasia
Earlier, Vélez Sarsfield emerged victorious against relegated Temperley after letting a two-goal lead slip and then taking advantage from the home side ending the match with eight men.
For all of the positives that Gabriel Heinze has instilled at Vélez from an attacking perspective, his side continue to leak goals and off the back of four straight draws, the Fortineros looked like they would be throwing further points away.
The impressive Matías Vargas, linked this week with moves to Fiorentina and Lazio after his late equaliser against San Lorenzo, opened the scoring after six minutes and when Mauro Zárate slotted in his sixth of the campaign, Vélez were cruising.
However, those defensive frailties saw Leonardo Di Lorenzo head in unmarked at a corner before a mistake by Hernán De La Fuente allowed Emiliano Ozuna to run in behind and fire a 53rd minute equaliser.
The game now in the balance, it swung back in favour of Vélez soon after. Goalkeeper Josué Ayala was sent off for taking out Zárate when through on goal and from the resulting free-kick Lucas Robertone whipped the ball into the bottom corner.
Temperley then saw Matías Nani shown a second yellow card and although Vélez will be concerned to see Zárate limp off injured, Robertone ensured victory on the counter before the hosts were reduced to eight men.
Temperley 2 – 4 Vélez Sarsfield
In San Juan, Lanús claimed a well deserved point against San Martín to continue showing some shoots of optimism under Ezequiel Carboni.
Claudio Spinelli struck his sixth goal since joining in January to give San Martín the lead but promising midfielder Gastón Lodico drilled in an equaliser.
Luis Ardente had a glorious opportunity to re-establish San Martín’s lead but blazed over from the penalty spot and it was Lanús that looked the more likely winners thereafter. Neither side could find a winner and for both sides all that is left for the season is to try and finish in the top half of the table.
San Martín 1 – 1 Lanús