Torrential rain and the postponements of Boca Juniors’ and Racing Club’s matches were the main stories of the day but elsewhere in the country, two Superliga fixtures managed not to succumb to the weather.
In Córdoba, the celebrations at full time may have looked like Belgrano had already claimed a Copa Sudamericana spot but while the table shows there is plenty still to do, El Pirata have taken a step towards qualification with a narrow win over rivals Colón.
Coming off two consecutive wins, Belgrano have hit form at just the right time and centre back Cristian Lema has been key. The 28-year-old, Belgrano’s leading scorer, scored his seventh goal of the season, but with another clean sheet, the defender’s influence at both ends has been tremendous.
Lema’s solitary strike just before half time may have been enough but Belgrano were good value for the win and only some wasteful finishing and last ditch defending from Colón prevented the margin of victory being greater.
Belgrano climb into ninth on forty points but have Racing, River, Colón and Unión still just behind and all with a game in-hand.
Belgrano 1 – 0 Colón
And in Paraná, San Lorenzo were aiming to strengthen their grip on the Copa Libertadores but were held to a goalless draw by Patronato.
With one win in four, Los Cuervos are stumbling towards qualification and with a tricky remaining two fixtures, their current position in the top five is under threat.
Despite having the better of things, San Lorenzo were struggled to break down Patronato and it was in fact the hosts that could have snatched it with Sebastián Ribas missing the target with two good chances late one.
Paulo Díaz and Rodrigo Arciero were both sent off during the second half to see both sends finish with ten men but neither could force a winner.
Patronato will resume next season in the thick of the relegation battle while San Lorenzo with games against Belgrano and River Plate remaining, need a real improvement to seal their Libertadores spot.
Patronato 0 – 0 San Lorenzo