Vélez secure Sudamericana spot with thumping win over Lanús, Aldosivi hold Boca, Gimnasia see off Colón plus all of Saturday’s Superliga action (VIDEO)

Most the meaningful action may have been scheduled for Sunday but there was still the small matter of cup qualification to sort out on Saturday. Vélez Sarsfield put four past Lanús to end El Granate’s hopes of Copa Sudamericana qualification and while the scoreline perhaps flattered the home side it was a terrific way to end what has been a hugely positive campaign for Vélez.

Agustín Bouzat’s hat-trick sealed it for Vélez and after Lanús struck the woodwork through Marcelino Moreno and substitute Pablo Martinez, the result was wrapped up by Rodrigo Salinas.

The result ensured Vélez of sixth and a return to continental competition in the Copa Sudamericana while Lanús’ resurgence fell just short.

Vélez Sarsfield  4 – 0  Lanús

Aldosivi also missed out on Sudamericana football despite holding third-placed Boca Juniors to a draw in Mar del Plata.

Some desperately poor defending allowed Mauro Zárate to tap Boca in front from debutant Agustín Obando’s cross after quarter of an hour but the lead didn’t last long as Jorman Campuzano’s wayward pass allowed Cristian Chávez to dash in and slot past Marcos Díaz.

Neither side could find a winner and a share of the points made little difference to the Superliga table.

Aldosivi  1 – 1  Boca Juniors

Gimnasia’s safety had been confirmed a couple of weeks ago but El Lobo will start next season at the foot of the promedio table so every point counts. With that in mind Gimnasia managed a 3-2 win from the visit of Colón and at least ended this season on a high.

A Fernando Zuqui own goal and a towering Jan Carlos Hurtado put Gimnasia firmly in control after 25 minutes only for Cristian Bernardi to reduce the deficit from the penalty spot before the break.

Nerves were eased somewhat when Horacio Tijanovich latched on to a weakly hit backpass, rounded goalkeeper Leonardo Burián and side-stepped a last ditch challenge to restore the lead. And that third meant that Nicolás Leguizamón’s close range header for Colón made little difference as Gimnasia held on for all three points.

Gimnasia  3 – 2  Colón

A little later in the Estadio Florencio Sola, Banfield’s wastefulness in front of goal allowed Newell’s Old Boys to nick a point.

Jesús Dátalo, Juan Alvarez and Julián Carranza had all been guilty of missing clear chances before Maxi Rodríguez let them off the hook with an uncharacteristic waste for Newell’s on the counter.

With neither side seemingly capable of scoring, Agustín Urzi’s well taken goal ten minutes into the second half looked as though it could have been enough only for Teodoro Paredes to bundle in an equaliser for Newell’s. Both sides will resume next season with relegation on their minds but for Newell’s it is a far more pressing matter.

And finally in Santa Fe, ten-man Estudiantes held on for a point against a Unión side that booked their place in the Copa Sudamericana.

Facundo Mura’s shot against the crossbar for the visitors was the closest that either side came to a goal but after Estudiantes saw Jonathan Schunke sent off just after the break, keeping out Unión became the priority. Gabi Milito’s side did that and now planning has to go into improving things next season.

Banfield  1 – 1  Newell’s Old Boys

Unión  0 – 0  Estudiantes

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