The summer break couldn’t come soon enough for Colón and talk of Jorge Almirón taking over as manager should provide a fresh start for the Sabalero in 2020. A historic run to the Copa Sudamericana final provided a moment to remember for supporters but league form has suffered badly and defeat to Arsenal in Sarandí on Thursday evening left Colón precariously just above the relegation zone.
Recently promoted Arsenal had also been expected to be battling down near the bottom of the promedio but instead close the year up in sixth after their latest home victory.
A desperately poor opening period of almost no clear chances was eventually broken in the most fortuitous of circumstances after 55 minutes, Juan Kaprof’s off target volley deflecting in off Colón defender Guillermo Ortíz to give Arsenal the breakthrough.
It lasted only a few minutes as Wilson Morelo nodded in a simple equaliser but Colón couldn’t hold on. Twenty minutes from time a corner from the right found the head of Emiliano Méndez and the midfielder powered the ball past Leonardo Burián.
That proved enough and Arsenal can look back on an outstanding 2019. Unable to rest on their laurels Sergio Rondina’s side still need to ensure they continue picking up points after the new year but for Colón it’s an absolute necessity. The Sudamericana adventure is now in the past and under a new manager, El Sabalero must climb away from relegation.