Three rounds in and the Superliga has its first managerial casualty with the news that Ezequiel Carboni is out at Lanús following defeat to Aldosivi.
Taking over from Jorge Almirón at a time when the club was intent on selling off the vast majority of the side that reached the Copa Libertadores wasn’t easy and Carboni deserves some sympathy but in spite of this, El Granate haven’t been good enough.
Two league wins from 18 games coupled with cup exits in both the Sudamericana and Copa Argentina over the past month meant that defeat to newly promoted Aldosivi at La Fortaleza was the final nail in the coffin.
The visitors, boosted by last week’s victory over Huracán, opened the scoring after quarter of an hour when Matías Pisano saw his initial shot saved by Guillermo Sara but was alert enough to nod in the rebound.
There was plenty of time for Lanús but little reaction as the only threat came from the odd set-piece into the penalty area.
Coach Rodrigo Acosta, brother of forward Lautaro, will take temporary charge but it will take far more than a change of manager to resolve Lanús’ issues.
Lanús 0 – 1 Aldosivi
In Sunday’s early kick-off, Vélez Sarsfield left it late but Rodrigo Salinas earned Gabriel Heinze’s side a draw after Banfield looked set to snatch all three points.
Much the better side for large parts Vélez were unable to make it count and so when Agustín Bouzat clumsily challenged Nicolás Silva fifteen minutes from time it allowed Darío Cvitanich to score the opening goal from the penalty spot.
Still in relegation danger Vélez were heading for a damaging defeat but had a stroke of luck in the 88th minute when Rodrigo Salinas fired an equaliser despite an apparent offside in the build-up.
Vélez Sarsfield 1 – 1 Banfield