While most of their expected competition scrap away in the relegation battle, Aldosivi made a late push for Copa Sudamericana qualification after a comfortable win over Colón in Mar del Plata on Friday evening.
Cristian Chávez gave Aldosivi the lead midway through the first half, pouncing on a rebound after Colón goalkeeper Leonardo Burián could only tip Emanuel Iñiguez’s long range volley against the post and when a defensive howler by veteran Adrián Bastía gifted Denis Stracqualursi with a second before the break, the result never looked in much doubt.
Former Colón forward, Alan Ruíz, who looks to have been given a new lease of life since his move to the coast, headed his new club three in front shortly after half time and with it ensured his old employers would be leaving with nothing.
Aldosivi move level on points with Huracán and Independiente, having played a game more, but if any of those sides in the places above slip-up, El Tiburón are well placed to snatch a Copa Sudamericana berth.
Aldosivi 3 – 0 Colón
Earlier in La Plata, Gimnasia confirmed their status in the top flight for at least another season after a 1-0 win over Newell’s Old Boys thanks to Horacio Tijanovich’s stoppage time winner.
The goal might have come sooner had Víctor Ayala’s early free-kick bent just a fraction more and not instead crashed against the post. The Paraguayan would draw a fine stop from Alan Aguerre from another effort during the second half but when it looked as though the two sides would be settling for a point, Tijanovich spun in the box to fire into the bottom corner.
Gimnasia will start next season in deep trouble and so too will Newell’s. Héctor Bidoglio’s unbeaten start to life as manager was brought to an end by River a couple of weeks back and La Lepra have no slumped to three straight defeats.
Gimnasia 1 – 0 Newell’s Old Boys