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The Copa Ciudad de Buenos Aires could be won by one of two teams, with only one match remaining, after Apertura champions Lanús were able to nullify Estudiantes’ threat despite finishing the match in Liniers with only nine men. Elsewhere, Rosario Central played their last match of the pre-season camp in Mar del Plata.

More crucially than the friendly round robin, of course, it was Lanús’s final pre-season match before they begin their Copa Libertadores campaign on Thursday night with the first-leg of the qualifying tie against Ecuadorian side Olmedo. It was a largely low-key match at Vélez’s stadium, with Lanús having perhaps the better of the early chances but Estudiantes finishing more strongly as Granate boys Rodolfo Graieb and Agustín Pelletieri both saw red for second bookable offences. Pablo Piatti, playing on the left wing for Estudiantes, made things complicated for Graieb and José Sand had a few chances at the other end, but it was the two ‘keepers, Mariano Andújar for Estudiantes and ex-Pincha Carlos Bossio for Lanús, who had the best matches.

Estudiantes will now take on Vélez on Monday, who lost the first match 2-0 to Lanús, hoping for a win big enough to take the trophy.

Rosario Central, meanwhile, were saying chau to Mar del Plata until next summer with a 1-1 draw against B Nacional side Godoy Cruz de Mendoza. The match consisted of two uneven parts, with the first ‘half’ lasting 40 minutes and the second 30. Kily González picked up an injury to his right aductor muscle in the first half and was replaced by Lucas Moya, who scored Central’s only goal in the second half. Sergio Caruso scored for Godoy Cruz, whilst Mariano Messera missed a penalty which could have won the game for the Primera A relegation strugglers.

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