This was a game for fans of pathetic fallacy. Within two second half minutes Lanús scored against Temperley’s relegation rivals Argentinos Juniors; the sun peaked out from behind the clouds where it had been hidden all day; and Temperley themselves then took the lead. Perfect.
Temperley were originally know as FC Centenario, in homage to fact they were founded on the 100th anniversary of Argentine independence. Within 11 years though, they had changed name, and adopted their distinctive Celeste colours.
El Gasolero (the diesel) have never won a Primera title and from 2000 until 2014 were playing in the B Metropolitana, the third tier of Argentine football. They then achieved successive promotions to the Primera and now count among 15,000 socios, an impressive number for a small club with little success to brag about.
While Temperley were only third from bottom in their group, Argentina’s promedio or averages system for deciding relegation, meant they were one of four teams with the potential to be relegated this term with two games remaining.
The team showed plenty of heart and determination and well-deserved their victory on the day against Newell’s Old Boys of Rosario (themselves suffering a very disappointing campaign). Taken in context with Sarmiento’s loss, and Argentinos’ draw, it meant Temperley had saved themselves and won’t be the solitary team out of thirty to be relegated this summer.
The win was dedicated to player Christian Chimino, who suffered a horrific leg-break the previous week. The sight of him celebrating with his teammates on the pitch after the match added to the feel-good atmosphere for everyone.