With a Copa Argentina quarter final clásico coming up on Thursday, Newell’s Old Boys have more pressing matters at hand but struggling for form, Omar de Felippe’s rotated side secured a valuable 2-0 win over Argentinos Juniors on Monday evening.
The visitors to the Estadio Marcelo Bielsa were equally in need of a win after only managing to find the net in one of their nine Superliga fixtures. However, it was Newell’s that started brighter and deservedly led after 21 minutes when Alfio Oviedo burst in behind, nodded the ball forward and volleyed past Lucas Chaves.
Given Argentinos Juniors’ difficulties in front of goal going behind was always likely to pose a problem for Ezequiel Carboni’s side and although Francisco Ilarregui clipped the crossbar with a shot from distance, Los Bichos never looked likely to find a way back into the game.
Newell’s had chances to extend their lead and when Argentinos saw full-back Enzo Ybañez sent off ten minutes from time, the home supporters began to sense victory.
That was secured soon after as substitute Francisco Fydriszewski tapped in a second and while victory in the league was needed, defeat to Central on Thursday in the cup will plunge Newell’s back into disarray.
Newell’s Old Boys 2 – 0 Argentinos Juniors
San Martín de San Juan were hoping to improve their chances of avoiding relegation having seen Belgrano lose on Sunday but just when a point against unbeaten Defensa y Justicia was looking likely, Marcelo Larrondo snatched victory for El Halcón.
Ahead of a Copa Sudamericana quarter final second leg this week, Defensa y Justicia were well below full strength and had struggled to break down a well organised San Martín, scrapping for their Superliga survival.
The two sides looked to have cancelled each other out when Matías Rojas got down the left and found Marcelo Larrondo unmarked six yards out. The forgotten man after his disastrous spell at River Plate nodded the ball past Luis Ardente and with it earned Defensa y Justicia three points.
Still unbeaten Sebastián Beccacece’s side are up to third, five points behind Racing but with two games in hand, and although the Copa Sudamericana looks an uphill struggle at this point, Defensa y Justicia are flying in the Superliga.