After consecutive wins over Boca, Racing and Independiente, the visit of Rosario Central to Florencio Varela was understandably viewed as an expected victory for in-form Defensa y Justicia.
The locals weren’t disappointed as Juan Pablo Vojvoda’s talented side deservedly beat Central, climbing to seventh in the table and spelling the end for Canalla manager Leonardo Fernández.
An exquisite Tomás Pochettino free-kick gave Defensa y Justicia an early lead and although the home side continued to create the better chances, on a deteriorating pitch Central remained in the game.
That was until the 70th minute when goalkeeper Jeremías Ledesma got caught on the ball by Fabián Bordagaray and the forward slipped in a simple second.
Ciro Rius burst forward to add a third five minutes from time and although Germán Herrera pulled a goal back, Defensa y Justicia held on for a fourth straight win.
Leonardo Fernández told reporters immediately after the game that he would be stepping aside after three defeats on the bounce while Defensa y Justicia are closing in on a Copa Sudamericana spot.
Defensa y Justicia 3 – 1 Rosario Central
Meanwhile in Liniers, Vélez Sarsfield followed up last week’s win over Temperley with a 1-0 victory against Banfield.
Youngster Lucas Robertone was again the match winner with the game’s only goal fifteen minutes from time and it was difficult to argue that the home side didn’t deserve it.
Darío Cvitanich hit the crossbar as Banfield made a lively start but as the game went on, Vélez began to assert authority and after wasting several good chances, eventually claimed the points.
The increasingly impressive Matías Vargas teased Banfield down the left and his cut-back was side-footed past Mauricio Arboleda by Robertone.
Vélez Sarsfield 1 – 0 Banfield