Godoy Cruz have struggled to reach the level reached during the second half of last season and a trip to Santa Fe to face a Unión side, unbeaten at the Estadio 15 de Abril in 17 matches, wasn’t one that looked likely to deliver three points.
However, an Ángel González brace and a second of the season for Santiago García fired El Tomba to a 3-0 win and suggested that Diego Dabove’s side may be on their way back.
Unión may point to a Diego Zabala shot that appeared to be blocked by an arm when the score was still goalless but once González poked in the opening goal midway through the first half, the truth was that the home side rarely looked like finding an equaliser.
With the game still in the balance at 1-0, a wayward pass allowed Valentín Burgoa to advance, slide the ball through to González and a deft touch took the ball beyond goalkeeper Nereo Fernández.
Another breakaway a few minutes later saw last season’s leading scorer Santiago García round Fernández and with a third rolled in eight minutes from time the result was put beyond doubt.
Unión 0 – 3 Godoy Cruz
Meanwhile in Córdoba, San Martín followed up their famous win over Racing last weekend with a respectable point against Talleres.
Goalkeeper Jorge Carranza, an early substitute in that first win of the season, was kept busy on Saturday evening but Talleres lacked the creativity and composure to make the most of their superiority.
San Martín remain rooted to the foot of the relegation table but have shown signs of recovery and will be a concern for the other teams at the bottom of the promedio.