With the exception of the odd rescheduled game aside, the Superliga season resumed this week and after a full round of fixtures it would appear as though little has changed – Racing Club still lead the way but Defensa y Justicia look primed to give La Academia a run for their money.
Defensa y Justicia had gone level on points at the top on Friday evening as El Halcón followed up their win over River Plate at the Monumental with a last minute victory over San Lorenzo. The pressure was therefore back on Racing and although Aldosivi made life difficult at times in Mar del Plata, Eduardo Coudet’s side had just enough to punish their hosts errors and wrap up a 3-1 win in stoppage time thanks to debutant Darío Cvitanich.
Atlético Tucumán showed no signs of missing Pulga Rodríguez as they swept aside Gimnasia to remain third and Huracán stayed hot in their heels with a tempestuous win over Rosario Central.
Vélez Sarsfield lie two points off those Copa Libertadores places after defeating Estudiantes in Quilmes and hold a three-point advantage of those directly below.
Maxi Rodríguez’s glorious return to Rosario almost helped Newell’s to victory against Boca Juniors but Darío Benedetto salvaged a point to keep Gustavo Alfaro’s side in the top six and Independiente also dropped points as Talleres became the latest side to frustrate the Avellaneda crowd.
The biggest losers of the weekend were Copa Libertadores champions River Plate whose hangover since lifting the trophy in Madrid has seen Marcelo Gallardo’s side lose three consecutive home games already this term. Bottom of the table Patronato turned up on Sunday and thanks to a Gabriel Avalos hat-trick left El Monumental with a vital three points.
El Patrón remain in the relegation zone but jumped above Belgrano, who were held to a goalless draw by Unión. The bottom two clubs in the promedio, Tigre and San Martín de Tucumán played out an entertaining 2-2 draw and so San Martín de San Juan’s point away to Banfield kept them out of trouble for now. Argentinos Juniors still sweat over their position as defeat away to Colón continues their free-fall towards the drop zone.