After tasting defeat for the first time this season in Mendoza last week, Atlético Tucumán were in need of a result from the visit of Rosario Central on Friday evening and as ever when El Decano require a performance, the Pulga delivers.
An uncharacteristically sloppy start from Atlético saw Central threaten early on and Fernando Zampedri had already hit the post when the former Atlético striker nodded in against his former employers.
The goal only served to spark the home side into life and it didn’t take long to pull level. Luis Miguel Rodríguez slipped in strike partner Mauro Matos and the veteran slipped the ball past Jeremías Ledesma.
Atlético barely deserved to be level but four minutes later led. Provider Pulga Rodíguez turned goal scorer plucking a ball over the top out of the air and thrashing it past the helpless Ledesma.
Central pushed forward after the break and threatened from set pieces but couldn’t find a way past Cristian Lucchetti.
Néstor Ortigoza was sent off late on in his brutish attempt to stop youngster Tomás Cuello from racing away on the counter and with it Central’s hopes of a dramatic equaliser vanished.
Atlético climbed back into second with the win and will be hoping that Racing Club slip up on Sunday evening.
Atlético Tucumán 2 – 1 Rosario Central
Earlier in Córdoba, Aldosivi managed to halt their alarming slump of three straight defeats with a goalless draw against Talleres.
An utterly woeful game saw neither side create any real chances of note and although Talleres lost Diego Valoyes early to what looks like a serious injury, Juan Pablo Vojvoda will be disappointed with how laboured his side were at home.