Just days after sealing a historic place in the Copa Sudamericana final, Colón were back in action with the altogether different proposition of climbing away from the Superliga relegation zone. With the momentum of continental competition behind them, El Sabalero defeated an Argentinos Juniors side aiming for the top thanks to Cristian Bernardi’s first half goal.
Unbeaten Argentinos were looking to go level on points with Boca Juniors with a win in Santa Fe but were deservedly beaten.
Colón had already threatened from a corner when the inspirational Luis Rodríguez pulled back his next effort to the edge of the penalty area, Bernardi’s shot took a wicked deflection and whistled past Lucas Chaves.
Colón’s Pulga would come within a whisker of doubling the lead with a volley that skimmed off the foot of the post and it was Argentinos’ Chaves that remained the far busier goalkeeper.
Despite seeing plenty of the ball the visitors were unable to work Leonardo Burián and slipped to their first defeat of the campaign.
Colón’s victory lifted them away from the relegation zone and while Central Córdoba remain in the bottom three a win over Godoy Cruz earlier in Santiago del Estero did see El Ferroviario off the bottom of the promedio.
Boosted by Joaquín Varela being sent off for a goal-line handball after half an hour, Central Córdoba failed to take full advantage of that situation as Godoy Cruz goalkeeper Andrés Mehring saved Gervasio Núñez’s penalty.
However, pressure eventually told and Juan Galeano side footed an 86th minute winner.
Colón 1 – 0 Argentinos Juniors
Central Córdoba 1 – 0 Godoy Cruz