Huracán & Independiente boost Libertadores chances with wins while Argentinos Juniors only take point from Lanús (VIDEO)

Huracan vs Atlético Tucumán Foto Juano Tesone

While Atlético Tucumán are currently enjoying their run in this year’s Copa Libertadores, Huracán are closing on qualification for next year after the two sides met in Parque Patricios and El Globo secured the win required to climb into third.

There were only two minutes on the clock when Ignacio Pussetto’s well struck half-volley whistled past Augusto Batalla and while Atlético Tucumán had opted to rest players due to their cup commitments they remained a threat.

A goalline Pablo Álvarez clearance had kept Huracán ahead at the break but as early as Pussetto had struck in the first half, Ismael Blanco equalised in the second.

Atlético weren’t level long though as Álvarez produced an outstanding flick to restore Huracán’s lead.

Nicolás Silva slid in a third after 77 minutes and although Hernán Hechalar nodded a goal back for the visitors, it proved nothing more than a consolation.

Huracán climb to third but ahead of games against Talleres and Boca Juniors, El Globo still have plenty to do in order to guarantee Libertadores football in 2019.

Huracán  3 – 2  Atlético Tucumán

In Rosario, Independiente boosted their Libertadores hopes with a hard fought victory over Newell’s Old Boys.

Three defeats in their last five Superliga fixtures and a stuttering current campaign in the Libertadores had put El Rojo in danger of missing out on all their objectives and so three points from the trip to the Estadio Marcelo Bielsa was absolutely vital.

Newell’s will feel that they did enough for at least a draw but for all the home side’s possession they failed to really work goalkeeper Martín Campaña over the 90 minutes.

Emmanuel Gigliotti wasted two clear chances in either half for Independiente as El Rojo struggled to get much of a grip on the game and so it was settled by just a single goal.

Gastón Silva’s somewhat scuffed volley just before half time was enough to give Independiente the points and with it El Rojo climbed back into the top five. Talleres could reclaim their position in the Libertadores spots on Monday but with La T facing Huracán in the next round, Independiente still have qualification in their own hands.

Newell’s Old Boys  0 – 1  Independiente

Argentinos Juniors remain in the Copa Sudamericana places but will perhaps feel that their goalless draw with Lanús was two points dropped.

Lanús losing Lautaro Acosta to a hamstring injury early on was a real blow to the home side but it didn’t prevent El Granate looking like the more likely scorers of the opening goal.

The absence of an established centre forward continues to cost Lanús and as time went on Argentinos Juniors grew into the game.

Goalkeeper Esteban Andrada ensured Lanús didn’t concede and Lucas Barrios heading against the top of the crossbar was the closest the visitors came. A share of the points was probably fair but it is more damaging for Los Bichos given how fierce the competition for Sudamericana qualification is with just two games left.

Lanús  0 – 0  Argentinos Juniors

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