Newell’s Old Boys took a significant step in the right direction away from relegation on Monday evening with victory over San Lorenzo while Patronato remain in deep trouble despite clawing their way back from two-down to salvage a point against Arsenal.
A game of few clear cut chances and a delay for a power cut was eventually won in the most spectacular fashion. There is no doubting Argentina under-20 international Aníbal Moreno’s quality but the midfielder was yet to open his account for Newell’s. That was until the youngster unleashed a fierce 30-yard rocket in the 71st minute that flew past Sebastián Torrico into the top corner.
The goal would be difficult to difficult for Moreno regardless but its importance in the relegation battle could be huge. La Lepra put some distance between themselves and the drop zone and now aim to finish the season as strongly as possible.
Newell’s Old Boys 1 – 0 San Lorenzo
It was less positive for Patronato but could have been far worse when trailing Arsenal two-nil at half-time.
Nicolás Giménez’s skidding volley beat goalkeeper Matías Ibáñez after 18 minutes and shortly after the half hour mark Juan Kaprof bundled the visitors further in front.
Arsenal looked set to go fourth but two headed goals in two minutes from Cristian Tarragona pulled Patronato level soon after half time.
Neither side could find a winner despite a healthy amount of added time due to a power failure and the result leaves Patronato still a fair distance from safety.