After a full schedule of Superliga fixtures there were significant results at the top and the bottom, plenty of goals, a couple of shocks and a little bit of controversy thrown in. In case you missed any of the games and goals, here is a quick rundown plus the updated league tables.
There was no hiding the disappointment for Racing Club from throwing away a two-goal lead to draw with Boca Juniors before the international break. However, Eduardo Coudet’s side remained unbeaten and travelled to Tucumán on Sunday to face winless San Martín in the knowledge a win could put them five points clear at the top. When the recently promoted club had goalkeeper Ignacio Arce sent off early and Racing took the lead shortly after half time that looked certain but a brace by Claudio Bieler gave the ten men a surprise victory and inflicted a first defeat of the campaign on La Academia.
What made the loss all the more galling was the missed opportunity to open up space over likely title rivals. Boca Juniors and River Plate have been and still are for the next couple of weeks at least focused on the Copa Libertadores and as a result both dropped points again this weekend.
River Plate’s 32-match unbeaten streak came to an end in Santa Fe as Colón nicked a 1-0 win on Friday and Boca were unable to find a way past Rosario Central at La Bombonera.
And to make matters worse, in the game before Racing’s defeat, local rivals Independiente produced their best performance of the season to deservedly beat Huracán by a 3-1 margin that didn’t quite capture El Rojo’s dominance.
Amid the flurry of dropped points, unbeaten Defensa y Justicia continued to climb and with a 2-0 win over former manager Juan Pablo Vojvoda’s Talleres, El Halcón could actually go top if they were to win both their games in-hand.
Atlético Tucumán’s late draw away to Estudiantes saw Unión jump into second with a 1-0 win over Argentinos Juniors.
And there was no lack of drama down at the foot of the promedio. San Martín de Tucumán’s win over Racing didn’t change their position but breathed some hope into survival and while there was no change in the bottom four, there was one big talking point.
Belgrano were seconds away from a victory over Banfield that would have lifted them out of the drop zone before a controversial indirect free-kick gifted the visitors a last-gasp equaliser on Monday. Thankfully, that result wasn’t punished further as San Martín de San Juan suffered a late defeat away to San Lorenzo.
Tigre and Patronato remain deep in trouble after defeats to fellow strugglers Newell’s Old Boys and Lanús respectively and in truth neither are looking likely to pull themselves out of danger.