Arsenal’s earlier victory in Sarandí meant Rosario Central kicked off against Atlético Tucumán in the relegation zone and aware that this season will be a battle for survival, El Canalla responded perfectly with a 2-1 win.
Goalkeeper Jeremías Ledesma had kept Central level with a wonderful stop from a deflected shot early on and the visitors led with an even better moment of individual brilliance as new signing Ciro Rius arrowed a shot into the top corner from 25 yards.
Atlético equalised soon after the break when Ramiro Carrera’s volley was stabbed into his own net by Nahuel Molina but Central bounced back through Leonardo Gil, the midfielder bursting into a pocket of space on the edge of the box to fire into the bottom corner.
A blackout minutes from full-time extended Central’s wait but Diego Cocca’s side held on for a vital three points that puts them level with rivals Newell’s in that third and final relegation spot.
The reason for that being Arsenal leapfrogging their way out of the drop zone with a 1-0 win over Banfield earlier on Monday evening.
That victory coming with a large dose of good fortune as on the stroke of half time, Sergio Vittor brought down Jesús Soraire just outside the box but referee Hernán Mastrángelo pointed to the spot. The latest in a string of incorrect calls over the first weekend in the Superliga that allowed Ezequiel Rescaldani to slot in the penalty.
Banfield were unable to find an equaliser and so once more Hernán Crespo was left to feel a sense of frustration. With only one victory in eleven Superliga fixtures, the former Argentina international will need to start turning results around soon.
Atlético Tucumán 1 – 2 Rosario Central
Arsenal 1 – 0 Banfield