Independiente sneaked back into the Copa Libertadores’ spots with just a point but will know that it was two dropped with a draw against Gimnasia on Sunday.
Forced to play the majority of the game with ten men after Nicolás Figal saw red in the incident that gifted Gimnasia their first equaliser, El Rojo looked to have sealed the win regardless only for Nicolás Bonifacio to snatch a last minute leveller.
Martín Benítez had given Independiente an early lead and Gimnasia’s recent form suggested a home win was likely. However, a lapse in concentration saw Leandro Contín dash in behind and when Figal tugged him back, referee Silvio Trucco pointed to the spot and eventually produced a red card, having originally brandished a yellow.
Brahian Alemán smashed in from the penalty spot and Independiente’s hopes of claiming a last home win of the season were dealt a serious blow.
Both sides had chances but when a fine move sliced through Gimnasia and Emmanuel Gigliotti slid in a second, it appeared as though El Rojo would be edging towards a 2019 Libertadores spot. Bonifacio tapped in a 90th minute equaliser and now El Rojo know that only a win away to Unión will do on the final day.
Independiente 2 – 2 Gimnasia
Earlier, Sebastián Ribas took his tally to 13 for the season with a decisive brace away to Temperley.
A fine individual goal, cutting in from the left, skinning Gastón Aguirre and finishing past Leandro de Bórtoli opened the scoring and Ribas scored his second from the penalty spot.
Ezequiel Montagna’s splendid goal reduced the deficit 20 minutes from time but Patronato held on for the points and while Temperley’s relegation has already been confirmed, El Patrón are fighting for next season.
In Victoria, Lanús claimed a point after a goalless draw with Tigre, a performance from both sides to illustrate there is plenty to do before next season.
Both had chances with Nicolás Pasquini hitting the crossbar in the first half and clear one-on-one chances spurned at either end.