Friday night saw two very different matches. In Tucumán, there was a relatively dull 1-0 win for San Martín over Arsenal, Daniel Vega scoring again for the hosts in the 26th minute to help them return to winning ways after two straight defeats had put an end to a promising start to the season. In El Sur, a little later, there was a true partidazo, during which Lanús moved up to fourth after edging out Godoy Cruz 4-3.
El Granate moved 4-1 up with twenty-five minutes remaining, as José Sand got his second of the night from close range. That came after a first half which had been totally dominated by Lanús, the hosts going in 3-1 up at the break thanks to goals from Sand, Carlos Quintana and up-and-coming youngster Eduardo Salvio. Leandro Caruso had briefly levelled for Godoy following Sand’s opener. Sand’s two goals mean he’s now got twelve so far in the Apertura, and still leads the goalscoring charts for the competition.
After Sand made it 4-1, though, Lanús took their feet off the pedal to such an extent that the mendocinos almost came away with a point, thanks to goals from Iván Borghello in the 69th and Martín Aguirre in the 77th minutes, to set up a tense final quarter-of-an-hour. In the end, though, Luis Zubeldía’s side just about hung on. It’s a defeat which leaves Godoy Cruz still bottom of the Promedio with eleven points from as many matches. Last year’s Apertura winners, meanwhile, are beginning to rediscover something of their form. Will it be too little, too late?