Three points of gold

It’s been a relatively low-scoring weekend so far in Primera A, with Newell’s squeezing past Banfield and the 0-0 in Avellaneda cancelling out Vélez’s 3-1 win over Gimnasia in Pedro Larraqui’s first game in charge. And then came San Martín vs. Gimnasia de Jujuy, a match both sides desperately needed to win.

San Martín went into the match occupying the penultimate spot in the table, bottom in the Promedio, and needed a win to take advantage of Olimpo’s Friday evening loss to San Lorenzo. After six matches without a win, Luis Tonelotto and Pablo Frontini both scored in a frenzied first half and the hosts found themselves 2-0 up after 35 minutes.

A most unaccustomed position, and they got a bit of a nosebleed as Gimnasia, in need of a result to arrest their own recent slight downward slide, hit back with goals of their own either side of half time, through their two Héctors, Desvaux and Silva. Parity only lasted ten minutes, though, and centre-back José Brusco gave San Martín the lead again in the 65th minute – one they weren’t to relinquish. A deserved victory takes San Martín to just a point behind Olimpo – still bottom, but at least some hope of continuing the struggle…

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