Buenos Aires: Forward Rodrigo Salinas scored a second-half hat-trick as Godoy Cruz crushed Tigre 6-2 to go top of the Argentina Clausura championship.
The modest side from the Andean province of Mendoza went a point ahead of Independiente, upset 1-0 at home on Saturday by San Lorenzo who were under new coach Jose Mendez and had gone five matches without a win.
Godoy Cruz, who opened the scoring in the 12th minute with a header by defender Francisco Dutari, appeared to be cruising when Salinas and substitute Daniel Vega made it 3-0 in the opening four minutes of the second half.
However, substitute Leandro Lazzaro pulled one back in the 54th and Tigre made it 3-2 two minutes later with a controversial own goal.
A shot rebounded off goalkeeper Nelson Ibanez then defender Zelman Garcia and, although video replays showed Ibanez had scrambled back to stop the ball on the line, it was allowed to stand.
But Godoy Cruz left wing Cesar Carranza, the man of the match, continued to dictate the pace and defender Leonardo Sigali made it 4-2 in the 66th minute before Salinas struck twice in the final 26 for his hat-trick.
Godoy Cruz coach Omar Asad and Tigre`s Ricardo Caruso Lombardi had a touchline slanging match following the controversial second goal for the visitors.
Argentinos Juniors could join Godoy Cruz at the top with a victory over Colon at home in the late match.