All evened out

The two outstanding matches from the first half of the Torneo Clausura were played on Wednesday, to leave all sides now having played 11 games going into the twelfth weekend. In the sixth round match postponed following the death of fan Emanuel Alvarez, San Lorenzo beat Vélez by a single goal in the Nuevo Gasometro, whilst in the north, Gimnasia de Jujuy got a crucial win at home to Lanús to lift themselves out of the automatic relegation spots.

In Boedo, San Lorenzo began more strongly against their visitors and Andrés D’Alessandro was superb, popping up left, right and centre to direct the play. It was no surprise at all when the hosts took the lead after quarter of an hour through a Jonathan Bottinelli header after Vélez ‘keeper Germán Montoya had made a hash of coming for a corner. It proved enough – D’Alessandro continued to run the game after the goal, but San Lorenzo’s strike partnership of Gonzalo Bergessio and Néstor Silvera had an off day, and whilst Vélez never looked like equalising, the hosts couldn’t add to the score. No matter; three points take them to within a win of River and Estudiantes at the top.

Gimnasia de Jujuy, meanwhile, hosted the Apertura champions Lanús, in another match suspended from the sixth round. Gimnasia hadn’t won in 15 matches, but despite being defending champions, Lanús hadn’t managed three points for eight games themselves. The first half was about as much of a spectacle as one would expect, given that kind of buildup, but in the second the hosts scored twice, César Carranza heading home unmarked at the far post 11 minutes into the second half, and Pérez Castro wrapping things up with a 35-yard piledriver with seven minutes remaining. Gimnasia de Jujuy move into the relegation playoff positions with this win, leaving San Martín to drop into the automatic drop zone.

The tables will be updated to take these matches into account after the twelfth round of matches.

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