Gaston Fernandez scored a first-half penalty as Estudiantes
stayed atop the Argentine league with a 1-1 draw at Colon on
Esteban Fuertes opened the scoring for Colon in the fifth
minute, but Fernandez sent goalkeeper Diego Pozo the wrong way from
the spot to level the scores after 30 minutes.
The draw gave Estudiantes 26 points from 11 games atop the
Apertura table, three ahead of Velez Sarsfield and Arsenal, which
had a 3-2 win at Gimnasia earlier in the day.
Also Saturday, All Boys beat Independiente 3-1, and Banfield had
a scoreless draw at home against Newell’s Old Boys.
Games continue Sunday, with matches including Boca Juniors vs.
Huracan and Godoy Cruz vs. River Plate.
Fuertes collected a long ball over the defense to give Colon the
lead against Estudiantes, despite television replays suggesting he
had controlled the ball with his arm.
Fernandez hit the equalizer from the penalty spot, firing low to
Pozo’s right while the goalkeeper dived the other way.
Earlier, Pablo Aguilar scored a late winning goal as Arsenal
twice came from behind to beat struggling Gimnasia and move up to
third in the standings.
Jorge Cordoba scored at the beginning of each half for Gimnasia,
but Luciano Leguizamon got Arsenal’s first equalizer in the 30th
and Mauro Obolo leveled the scores for the second time in the
Aguilar headed in the winning goal just before the final whistle
to keep Arsenal’s title hopes on track. Gimnasia stayed third from
Meanwhile, Independiente slipped back into its losing ways with
a 3-1 defeat at All Boys in Antonio Mohamed’s second match in
Mohamed oversaw a derby win against Racing Club in his opening
game as coach last week, but Jonathan Ferrari scored in the fifth
minute and Juan Pablo Rodriguez in the 15th to give newly promoted
All Boys an early 2-0 lead.
Facundo Parra scored a header just before half time for
Independiente, but Carlos Castiglione put All Boys further in front
shortly after the restart.
Patricio Rodriguez was sent off for Independiente in the 82nd
minute to snuff out any chance of a comeback.
The loss left Independiente fourth from bottom, while All Boys
moved into the top half of the table.
Newell’s Old Boys had Luciano Vella sent off in the 51st minute
but moved to fourth on 18 points after holding on for a 0-0 draw at
Banfield, which improved a place to ninth.