3 matches on Sunday, and 3 results that could be key in the long run in the relegations battle.
Notice: in case you don't know how are relegations decided in the Argentine league, you can read this piece I wrote a couple of years ago: http://www.argentinapreviews.com/2010/05/how-are-relegations-decided.html
San Lorenzo 2 - Arsenal 0
Is there hope for San Lorenzo ? If they can continue playing like in the two last wins at home (today and the 3-0 vs Godoy Cruz) there definitely is.
Of course don't expect some solid football Velez's style, but the team looks much more focused since coach Caruso Lombardi took over, right midfielder Julio Buffarini who joined in the middle of the tournament from 2nd division side Ferro has been a great addition, and more importantly, they are creating good scoring positions.
Besides a defensive distraction that was Arsenal's best and almost only chance to score in the first minutes, San Lorenzo was always better than a very poor Arsenal side that never was able to manage the ball. San Lorenzo could have finished it very early in the 2nd half but they missed two big chances, and the game changed after that when Arsenal's midfielder Carbonero elbowed a rival, received a red card and the whole game went out of control for the referee. The match was stopped for 5 minutes while everybody protested, and once it resumed the hosts finished it with a great counter attack.
San Lorenzo is still in promotion playoffs zone but after getting 8 of the last 12 points (could have been 10 is they didn't concede in the last minute vs Banfield) the future looks a little better.
Union 2 - Olimpo 0
Union got the win that was absolutely expected and even if it took them almost 70 minutes to score the 1st goal it was totally deserved and it could have happened earlier but they missed a penalty in the 1st half.
Olimpo is doomed to play next season in 2nd division, every week there are less doubts about it. Union took 3 very important points and with 2 or 3 more wins in the last 7 games they will very probably avoid the promotion playoffs.
Argentinos Jrs 0 - Atletico Rafaela 0
Argentinos - Rafaela was a a very poor and boring game but curiously both teams had 2 or 3 huge chances missed each that could have changed the scoreless draw including a wrongly disallowed with a bad called offside for the visitors, and a header missed by Argentinos' striker Sebastian Balsas in the last minute of the game.
The draw was pretty useless for both teams and especially for Rafaela because every other team (except Olimpo, and Tigre has to play today) in the relegation battle won this weekend.
The 12th round ends today with Belgrano - Tigre that will kick off at 22.15 GMT.