There was no doubting the major talking point in Argentina this weekend and the Superclásico meant that both Boca Juniors and River Plate saw their league games postponed but there was still plenty of other action from the Superliga to catch up on…
Racing Club ensured that their grip on the top of the league stayed just as strong with a routine 3-0 win over struggling Gimnasia. Any sign of El Lobo’s recent upturn was swiftly extinguished in La Plata with Eduardo Coudet’s side punishing some woeful defending and easing to victory. A Ricardo Centurión header and second half Lisandro López brace secured the win and the margin of victory could have been greater.
Avellaneda rivals Independiente climbed momentarily into second with a hard fought win over Belgrano. Two first half red cards for either team and two Independiente missed penalties meant the relegation candidates were a threat throughout but Braian Romero’s goal proved enough and El Rojo held on.
Huracán leaped above Independiente on Monday evening with a 2-1 win over Godoy Cruz, Atlético Tucumán came from behind to defeat Rosario Central and unbeaten Defensa y Justicia were held to a goalless draw by Newell’s Old Boys in a rain-soaked Rosario to complete the top five.
The Superclásico wasn’t the only derby on Sunday but the clash between Banfield and Lanús proved significantly less interesting and ended goalless.
That Clásico del Sur stalemate keeps Lanús in the relegation mix and while those already mentioned defeats for Gimnasia and Belgrano meant there was no change in the bottom four of the promedio, there were important results down at the bottom.
Argentinos Juniors’ woeful form continued and after defeat to ten-man Tigre, Ezequiel Carboni departed as manager. Los Bichos have barely scored this season, won only once and Carboni finds himself out of work for the second time in three months.
Tigre remain bottom despite victory after San Martín de Tucumán came from three-down at half time to secure a point against fellow strugglers Patronato but all three remain favourites to be in the drop zone come May.