Four matches with more red cards than goals, it is fair to say that Saturday wasn’t the best advert for the Superliga. Pepe Sand’s scrappy winner three minutes from time handed in-form Lanús victory over Colón at the Fortaleza and with it prevented a clean sweep of goalless stalemates.
Independiente’s trip to San Lorenzo began the day and while both sides could have done with victory, an unsatisfying share of the points was the result. El Rojo, losing ground in the race for 2020 Copa Libertadores qualfication, are now without a win in five but despite another poor display may look back on Saturday as a point gained after captain Martín Campaña saved a first half Nicolás Blandi penalty and Emanuel Brítez’s red card forced the visitors to play with ten men for more than 45 minutes.
Failure to find a breakthrough will be all the more frustrating for San Lorenzo, who are now on a nine-match winless run that sees manager Jorge Almirón still waiting for a first win since coming to the club in November.
A dire Buenos Aires clásico made way for a relegation humdinger between Argentinos Juniors and Belgrano but still no action. Los Bichos have scored a deeply worrying five goals now in 17 matches and their failure to find a way past ten-man Belgrano, who had Marcelo Herrera sent off for an alleged elbow after 34 minutes, serves to explain why Argentinos are free-falling towards relegation. Belgrano could have snatched a vital win when Juan Patiño’s injury time free-kick smacked against the crossbar but neither team did much to suggest they have a future in the top flight.
Lanús finally produced Saturday’s first, and ultimately only goal, as José Sand scrambled an 87th minute winner at a corner. Colón may feel they deserved a point but in a game of fine margins, Gabriel Carrasco’s goalline header to deny Luis Rodríguez paved the way for Pepe to be El Granate’s hero once again.
Finally, Aldosivi showed a little more defensive mettle than they managed against Racing Club last week as El Tiburón held Rosario Central to a goalless draw in the Gigante de Arroyito.