Aldosivi should be very concerned about their position. Defeat to Unión in Mar del Plata on Friday night left El Tiburón in the relegation zone and while Patronato weren’t able to earn a win, their draw with in-form Lanús highlighted the fact that many of the sides currently battling close to the foot of the promedio table are capable of picking up points.
The same can’t really be said of Aldosivi at the moment. Winning only once in the last seven games of last seven and only managing to double that tally in the opening eight games of this campaign, it was perhaps little surprise that Gustavo Álvarez departed as manager last night.
Álvarez became the fifth managerial change just two games into round eight and while the judgement of some of those changes can be debated, Aldosivi are desperate for a spark.
Fortunate not to have Sebastián Rincón sent off early on for a studs up challenge it wasn’t long before Aldosivi were behind anyway as Juan Cavallaro cut inside with ease to finish.
Marcos Miers came close to pulling the home side level before the break but it as Unión who took control after half time. Walter Bou had already been denied by goalkeeper Luciano Pocrnjic when after 51 minutes, Nicolás Mazzola smartly chested the ball into the path of Brian Blasi to volley the second.
A lifeline came in the form of Argentina under-23 goalkeeper Marcos Peano misjudging a long punt upfield and allowing Rincón to tap in but Aldosivi couldn’t find another.
Unión picked up only their second win of the season and now Aldosivi are hoping that the likes Rosario Central, Colón, Banfield and Newell’s don’t pick up points this weekend.
Aldosivi 1 – 2 Unión
Patronato have only lost twice this season and certainly look up for the fight but Mario Sciacqua’s side weren’t able to hold off a Lanús side who arrived in Paraná having dropped only two points from their last five games.
Despite that form Lanús found themselves behind inside five minutes, Gabriel Díaz climbing over Lautaro Valenti, unfairly the visitors argued, to head in at a corner.
Lanús though responded well and saw plenty of possession. Nicolás Pasquini drawing a good stop from Matías Ibáñez at a free-kick and José Sand clipping a lofted finish onto the roof of the net. Unable to find an equaliser it took only two minutes of the second half for Lautaro Acosta to scramble El Granate level.
Both sides had chances to win it with Ibáñez and Agustín Rossi making fine saves at either end but neither could find a winner.
Lanús climb momentarily into fourth and look like relegation will not be a concern while Patronato hover just above the drop zone.
Patronato 1 – 1 Lanús