Defensa and Justicia 1-1 Vélez: Honours even as Vélez net late equaliser

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Defensa and Justicia were held to 1-1 draw by Vélez down on Saturday at Estadio Norberto Tomaghello. Defensa and Justicia arrived at the match looking pick up points after losing 2-1 to Godoy Cruz in their last match. Vélez were looking to extend their winning run after a 2-0 victory against Rosario Central. As it stands, Defensa and Justicia are currently 21st with 4 points from 5 matches, while Vélez sit in 20th, with 5 points from 5.

Following a goalless first half, Defensa and Justicia fought back the second half, with a goal from Nicolas Fernandez in the 88th minute. In the end though, their lead was short lived, as Nicolas Garayalde equalised for Vélez just before the final whistle and saw the match end 1-1.

Substitutions for Defensa and Justicia included Nicolas Fernandez, Gabriel Alanis and Tomas Ezequiel Galvan for Cristian Agustin Fontana, Brahian Cuello and Lucas Albertengo, repectively. Vélez brought on Lucas Janson, Lucas Pratto, Nicolas Garayalde, Santiago Castro and Gianluca Prestianni, to replace Luca Orellano, Agustin Mulet, Joel Sonora, Abiel Osorio and Julian Fernandez.

There were bookings for Tomas Cardona, Kevin Gutierrez and Alexis Soto from Defensa and Justicia, and Diego Valentin Gomez, Francisco Ortega and Nicolas Garayalde, for Vélez.

Defensa and Justicia will play away against Gimnasia La Plata, while Vélez will face Atlético Tucumán at home.

Technical card:
Defensa and Justicia:Ezequiel Unsain, Nazareno Colombo, Juan Gabriel Rodriguez, Tomas Cardona, Alexis Soto, Brahian Cuello (Gabriel Alanis, min.76), Nicolas Tripichio, Kevin Gutierrez, Francisco Pizzini, Cristian Agustin Fontana (Nicolas Fernandez, min.66) and Lucas Albertengo (Tomas Ezequiel Galvan, min.90)
Vélez Sarsfield:Lucas Hoyos, Tomas Guidara, Diego Valentin Gomez, Matias De los Santos, Francisco Ortega, Luca Orellano (Lucas Janson, min.68), Joel Sonora (Nicolas Garayalde, min.69), Agustin Mulet (Lucas Pratto, min.68), Maximo Perrone, Julian Fernandez (Gianluca Prestianni, min.90) and Abiel Osorio (Santiago Castro, min.80)
Stadium:Estadio Norberto Tomaghello
Goals:Nicolas Fernandez (1-0, min. 88) and Nicolas Garayalde (1-1, min. 90)