After a run of one win in eight, Argentinos Juniors ensured that their Superliga season ended on a high and in an ideal position to push for Copa Libertadores qualification during the Copa after coming from behind to defeat Rosario Central.
A wretched run of form since the restart in 2020 swiftly ended Los Bichos dreams of challenging for the Superliga title and when an unmarked Marco Ruben tapped Central in front inside quarter of an hour.
No side has managed to take three points from La Paternal the season and it didn’t take long for Carlos Quintana to head Argentinos Juniors level.
With the game in the balance and both sides creating chances, Fausto Vera proved to be the match winner. The impressive 19-year-old’s volley took a deflection through a crowded penalty box to beat Jeremías Ledesma and Vera’s first top flight goal sealed the points.
Argentinos Juniors 2 – 1 Aldosivi
Arsenal also remain in contention for a place in CONMEBOL competition in 2021 after thrashing Aldosivi 4-0 in Sarandí.
Two heavy defeats to Vélez Sarsfield and Central had hinted that Arsenal were on the slide and an Aldosivi side battling against relegation would have been hoping to take advantage.
However, it took only eight minutes for Emiliano Méndez to head Arsenal in front and once Gastón Álvarez Suárez blasted in a second from 25 yards the result already looked settled.
Álvarez Suárez could arguably have had a hat-trick but Arsenal had to wait until the 75th minute for a third when Nicolás Giménez bent one into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.
Moments later Joel Soñora rifled a fourth inside Luciano Pocrnjic’s near post and fellow substitute Ezequiel Rescaldani came within the width of the crossbar from adding a fifth with a delicate lob.
Defeat leaves Aldosivi hovering just above the relegation zone anxiously watching the results of Colón, Patronato and Gimnasia this weekend and while Arsenal may have expected to be in the same position after promotion, Sergio Rondina’s side instead go into the Copa hoping to book a return to continental competition.