Three Superliga fixtures and only one goal but a potentially significant one. Argentinos Juniors’ failure to beat Defensa y Justicia and Pedro De La Vega’s late winner for Lanús meant the two are joined at the top, a single points separating the top four in an increasingly congested title race.
Neither Argentinos Juniors nor Lanús were expected to be here at over halfway through the season. Both remain title outsiders but given relegation wasn’t too far from their minds only a short while ago, the achievement shouldn’t be downplayed.
A game of few clear chances at the Estadio Tomás Adolfo Ducó was settled two minutes from time when Carlos Auzqui’s cross from the right took a looping deflection and substitute Pedro De La Vega beat Antony Silva to the ball to nod in the winner.
This is a side not of the quality of the one that lifted the title back in 2016 yet Lanús have an ability to grind out results and have been boosted by a number of academy products under Luis Zubeldia.
El Granate sit level on points with Argentinos Juniors after Los Bichos failed to find a way past Defensa y Justicia.
Frankly it could have been worse for Argentinos with Nicolás Fernández and Alexis Castro guilty of missing at least three glorious opportunities for the hosts.
Defensa y Justicia have the worst attack in the league and the reason for that was apparent on Monday allowing Argentinos to leave with a point.
Vélez Sarsfield were hoping to close the gap to the leaders in Santiago del Estero but Gabriel Heinze’s side too were held to a goalless draw.
Central Córdoba had chances to snatch it in the second half but failed to make the most of those chances and with the draw remain in the relegation zone. Vélez sit fifth, four points off the top and still well placed for a challenge.