Unión ease to victory over Atlético Tucumán, Colón salvage point from ten-man Vélez while Belgrano & San Martín remain in deep trouble (VIDEO)

While Luis Rodríguez was scoring from the spot to earn a late point for Colón away to high-flying Vélez Sarsfield, his former club Atlético Tucumán were suffering a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Unión.

It would be too simplistic to place that solely on the shoulders of the iconic Pulga but Atlético Tucumán’s hopes of Copa Libertadores qualification have certainly taken a hit.

A superbly taken solo effort by Franco Fragapane gave Unión an early lead against Atlético and more absent defending from the visitors allowed Fragapane to double the advantage before the break. With little means of reply, Mauro Pittón made it three ten minutes from time and although Leandro Díaz hammered a shot against the crossbar, El Decano were well beaten.

Meanwhile in Liniers, Vélez Sarsfield were to hoping to momentarily climb into the Copa Libertadores spots but were instead undone by Brian Cufre’s first half red card and a late penalty that allowed Rodríguez to earn Colón a point.

Hernán de la Fuente tearing forward from full back to slot Vélez in front after two minutes suggested that Gabriel Heinze’s side were feeling no ill-effect of their unbeaten home record coming to an end last time out in Liniers against River Plate. However, their task became all the more difficult after half an hour when referee Nazareno Arasa went straight for the red card to punish Cufre’s two-footed lunge in the direction of Leonardo Heredia.

Ten-man Vélez looked like they would hold on but a clumsy challenge by Fabián Cubero on Gabriel Esparza saw Luis Rodríguez just about beat goalkeeper Lucas Hoyos from the spot.

Unión  3 – 0  Atlético Tucumán

Vélez Sarsfield  1 – 1  Colón

Finally in Tucumán, San Martín and Belgrano did their survival hopes no good with a goalless draw that leaves both clubs stuck in the relegation zone and saw Walter Coyette leave the club.

Belgrano will sense that it was two points dropped with Diego Mendoza twice hitting the woodwork amid a string of good chances. Maxi Lugo was sent off for the visitors but San Martín were unable to take advantage and were soon also reduced to ten men when Maximiliano Martínez was shown a second yellow card.

A minute offside decision denied Mendoza a late winner and instead Belgrano had to settle for another draw in their efforts to avoid dropping into the B Nacional. With six games remaining for both clubs, Superliga football next season looks highly unlikely.

San Martín de Tucumán  0 – 0  Belgrano

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