There is no sign of the title race easing off just yet as Racing Club and Defensa y Justicia both picked up wins to remain locked at the top with six games remaining.
Unbeaten Defensa y Justicia have been hot on Racing’s heels all season and when La Academia slipped up against River Plate last week, Sebastián Beccacece’s underdogs were able to join them at the top. Saturday’s victory over Gimnasia in La Plata thanks to Manuel Guanini’s own goal saw El Halcón take an outright lead and while they also suffered a serious knee injury to Gastón Togni, the pressure was suddenly on title favourites Racing.
How would Eduardo Coudet’s side react to last week’s defeat and the fall out from Ricardo Centurión’s latest mishap? The answer was emphatically as La Academia swatted aside Godoy Cruz in Avellaneda to regain top spot. Lisandro López with his 15th of the campaign and a brace by Matías Zaracho have Racing in a perfect place to face local rivals Independiente in next week’s clásico.
Independiente were one of five clubs all chasing those four Copa Libertadores spots who dropped points over the weekend. Ten-man El Rojo were held to a 1-1 draw against San Martín in San Juan but were relieved to see Atlético Tucumán suffer a 3-0 defeat to Unión, Huracán fail to find a way past Talleres, Vélez Sarsfield draw with Colón and River Plate only managing a point from their trip to Banfield on Sunday evening.
All these results meant Boca Juniors jumped into third after Gustavo Alfaro’s side battled to a 2-1 win over in-form Lanús. Goals from Emmanuel Mas and Mauro Zárate either side of Pepe Sand’s equaliser during a seven-minute blitz decided the game and while Boca’s title hopes are all but gone, a top four spot is within reach.
At the bottom of the promedio, Tigre breathed some life into their survival bid with a 2-0 win over Rosario Central. Néstor Gorosito only took over during the week but oversaw an impressive victory that at leaves gives El Matador a chance.
Argentinos Juniors also boosted their chances after a woeful run of form had dragged Los Bichos into the relegation mire. A spectacular goal by Elías Gómez set Diego Dabove’s side on their way to a win over Estudiantes, only a third of the campaign and vital to halt the slump.
Patronato’s goalless draw with Aldosivi and Belgrano failing to make the most of their chances to beat San Martín de Tucumán meant both sides missed opportunities and remain in the bottom four.