Newell’s Old Boys icon Diego Maradona wasn’t given the red carpet treatment for the first time on his travels this season and the Gimnasia manager’s evening was made even worse by defeat to Rosario Central in the Gigante de Arroyito.
Aldosivi winning and Colón picking up a point already added a little extra pressure on Gimnasia for points but El Lobo made the worst possible start.
A long throw-in after ten minutes wasn’t cleared and as the ball bobbled into space, Sebastián Ribas spun to thrash the ball past Jorge Broun.
Both sides lacked ideas and Ribas’ early goal ultimately proved decisive. Despite Gimnasia’s predicament at the foot of the relegation table, Maradona said that he was keen to remain in La Plata and although admitted his side weren’t good enough, added, ‘if we deserve to go the B, so too do Central.’
Rosario Central 1 – 0 Gimnasia
It was far better news for Aldosivi after a victory over struggling Huracán lifted them out of the drop zone at the expense of Colón.
It took a bit of luck and an outstanding performance by veteran goalkeeper Luciano Pocrnjic to keep a clean sheet in Parque Patricios and that provided the foundation for a hugely significant 2-0 win.
Early substitute Pablo Becker opened the scoring after 23 minutes with a bouncing shot from outside the box.
The goal coming after Pocrnjic had already pulled off his first flying save to stop Juan Vieyra’s pin-point free-kick. It proved the first of a few excellent saves and even after Aldosivi were reduced to ten men with Leandro Maciel being shown his second yellow card, Huracán couldn’t take advantage.
In fact it was the ten men of Aldosivi that extended their lead, Federico Gino’s deflected effort sneaking past Antony Silva.
Even when Pocrnjic was beaten, Martín Ojeda’s long range volley clattered off the crossbar as Huracán slumped to another defeat.
Huracán 0 – 2 Aldosivi
Argentinos Juniors picked up their first win in six games to climb back up to third and keep their 2021 Copa Libertadores qualification hopes intact.
Atlético Tucumán were the hosts, only a few days after El Decano had progressed to the third round of this year’s Libertadores, and it was the home side that had the better of the first half chances.
Goals have proved a problem for Argentinos Juniors and they were once more struggling to break down Atlético until twenty minutes from time when Leandro Díaz was sent off for what was adjudged an elbow on Miguel Torrén.
The home side shot themselves in the foot once again soon after, Gustavo Toledo’s rash challenge on Elías Gómez presenting Santiago Silva with the chance to break the deadlock from the penalty spot.
Gabriel Hauche wrapped up the win late on and there was still time for Guillermo Acosta to reduce Atlético to nine when his frustration boiled over.
Atlético Tucumán 0 – 2 Argentinos Juniors
With three games to play Argentinos Juniors know that Libertadores qualification is close and Talleres are still aiming for a Copa Sudamericana spot after victory over direct rival San Lorenzo in Córdoba.
A dull opening period only came to life when Juan Ramírez was wrongly sent off moments before the break. According to reports, manager Diego Monarriz had decided to replace Oscar Romero at half time as part of the reshuffle and when twin brother Ángel voiced his disagreement it prompted Monarriz to withdraw the pair.
If that wasn’t bad enough for San Lorenzo it took Talleres less than five minutes of the second half to take the lead, Jonathan Menéndez drilling a fierce low shot from distance past Sebastián Torrico.
Talleres goalkeeper Guido Herrera made a superb double-stop to deny San Lorenzo but his sending off for a wild challenge on Adolfo Gaich sparked a chaotic end to the game. Leading scorer Nahuel Bustos was forced to go in goal for the closing stages and Menéndez then followed Herrera for an early bath after seeing his second yellow card.
Despite being down to nine and with their star striker in goal, Talleres held on for all three points. La T, in the pack of clubs vying for a top ten finish, are now two points behind San Lorenzo currently occupying that final Sudamericana spot.