It’s only four games but Independiente have quickly found a new hero as new goalkeeper Sebastián Sosa was once again the star man in El Rojo’s 1-1 draw with Colón on Monday evening. The 34-year-old saved an injury time penalty from Emanuel Olivera to ensure Independiente remained unbeaten since the restart and is already proving a more than capable replacement for Martín Campaña.
It took a 90th minute header from another of the recent signings Lucas Rodríguez to pull Independiente level but were it not for Sosa that would have been worthless after Lucas Romero was adjudged to have handled the ball deep into added time.
Despite the late drama the game will not live long in the memory with Independiente struggling to complete even the simplest of passes and Colón happy to sit back after Wilson Morelo bundled in an early goal from a Tomás Chancalay corner that had almost caught Sosa out.
The visitors from that point offered little and Independiente appeared incapable of finding a way back in. The performance won’t have pleased Lucas Pusineri but El Rojo remain well placed in Group 2, level with Colón on four points.
Defensa y Justicia sit three points further back after twice allowing Central Córdoba to come back and claim a point in Santiago del Estero.
All the action came early at the Estadio Alfredo Terrera with the in-form Braian Romero rifling Defensa y Justicia in front with barely a minute on the clock. Juan Vieyra responded immediately for the hosts before Marcelo Benítez restored El Halcón’s advantage inside the opening ten minutes with a wonderfully struck free-kick.
Captain Cristian Vega brought Central Córdoba level for the second time and with more than two-thirds of the game remaining more goals seemed certain. They never arrived and with a share of the points both sides need victory next weekend.
Independiente 1 – 1 Colón
Central Córdoba 2 – 2 Defensa y Justicia
Meanwhile in Group 4, Lanús are still in need of a win after former player Carlos Auzqui scored an injury time equaliser to deny El Granate an away win over Talleres.
Pedro De La Vega’s perfect cross headed in by fellow teenage academy product Franco Orozco had given Lanús a first half lead and despite Talleres having a host of chances it looked set to earn the visitors all three points.
Until a rash Nicolás Thaller challenge won Talleres a penalty in stoppage time. The impressive Lautaro Morales in goal for Lanús once more kept out the home side diving low to stop Tomás Pochettino’s spot-kick but Auzqui was quickest to react to turn in the rebound.
With Boca out in front in the competitive Group 4, Lanús could do with a win over Newell’s next Saturday.