If the victory over Lanús was supposed to be a turning point in the season for Newell’s Old Boys, defeat to Colón on Monday evening swiftly put an end to such thought and plunged Omar de Felippe’s side back into danger.
A first win of the season two weeks ago showed signs of promise but there were few positives to take from a limp 1-0 defeat in Santa Fe.
Colón, coming off the disappointment of their Copa Sudamericana exit, were the more threatening from the off and after coming close on a couple of occasions broke the deadlock ten minutes before the break. A cross from the right found the completely unmarked Tomás Chancalay at the back post and the Argentina under-20 international had the time to control the ball and pick his spot before thrashing the ball past Alan Aguerre.
Newell’s improved slightly after half time but only really tested Leonardo Burián from distance and even after Gonzalo Escobar was sent off seven minutes from time, La Lepra couldn’t make the advantage count.
Relegation may not be a serious threat this season but Newell’s will likely begin next year in the drop zone and at this point it seems doubtful that De Felippe will get that long.
Colón 1 – 0 Newell’s Old Boys
Tigre on the other hand are in the thick of the immediate relegation picture but managed to secure a narrow victory over struggling Estudiantes to rekindle their faint hopes of survival.
Mariano Echeverría was making his debut as Tigre manager and was unlucky to see Juan Cavallaro and Sebastián Prediger both hit the crossbar during the opening 45 minutes. However, that misfortune was counterbalanced shortly after the break when Estudiantes defender Facundo Sánchez managed to bundle the ball into his own net.
That solitary own goal proved enough as despite Estudiantes’ improvement, Mariano Pavone saw a headed goal ruled out for offside and the visitors couldn’t muster an equaliser.
Tigre remain nine points from safety but are in better form than Estudiantes, who even after elimination from the Copa Libertadores remain with only one win to their name.