Talleres moved within a place of the Copa Sudamericana spots on Monday evening with a victory over struggling Huracán in Córdoba.
The visitors winless run that stretches back to October’s clásico didn’t prevent youngster Francisco Ramírez from poking them into an early lead but wasn’t enough for as much as a point.
Talleres responded with three goals in a six-minute spell either side of half time to take firm control. Facundo Medina volleyed in at a corner after 42 minutes, Franco Fragapane rifled in a second just before the break and just after the restart Nahuel Bustos skipped around goalkeeper Fernando Pellegrino for number three.
Rodrigo Gómez reduced the deficit from the penalty spot but there was still time for substitute Dayro Moreno to tap in a fourth for Talleres.
Talleres 4 – 2 Huracán
It was an equally comfortable evening for Defensa y Justicia as Hernán Crespo’s side beat Rosario Central 3-0 in Florencio Varela.
Juan Martín Lucero scored twice in the opening half hour with predatory close range headers and while Central posed a threat during the first 45 minutes, a superb point blank save from Luis Unsain kept the clean sheet intact.
After the break it was all Defensa y Justicia and Guido Mainero slotted in a third nine minutes from time.
Both sides reside in the Copa Sudamericana qualification places and with Defensa y Justicia just picking up form could Crespo’s side upset River next weekend to derail the title challenge?
Lastly in Santa Fe it ended goalless between Unión and Central Córdoba. A result that does little to help either side and leaves the Ferroviario hovering just above the relegation zone.