Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Primera División de Argentina - week 10

Estudiantes 1-0 Atlético Tucumán
Rosario Central 2-0 Independiente
Banfield 3-0 Godoy Cruz
Chacarita Juniors 1-0 Huracán
Racing Club 1-1 Lanús
Vélez Sarsfield 1-2 Newell's Old Boys
Arsenal 1-0 Gimnasia La Plata
River Plate 1-1 Boca Juniors
Tigre 1-1 Argentinos Juniors
Colón 2-1 San Lorenzo

Superclasico time in Argentina this week where honours were shared at the Antonio Vespucio. River were in front shortly after Ariel Ortega missed a penalty, Marcelo Gallardo scoring a stunning 20-yard free-kick. Always a bad-tempered fixture, both sides were reduced to ten early in the second period, River's Cristian Villagra picking up and second yellow just a minute after the restart and then some horrendous play-acting from Ortega doing enough for Boca's Julio Caceres to receive a straight red. The old push-on-the-chest-but-go-down-holding-your-face routine. Worked a charm, but there was a sense of justice down when Martin Palermo banged in an equaliser thirteen minutes later and it finished one apiece.

Colón's win over San Lorenzo sees them leapfrog their opponents into top spot in another game that saw both sides down a man. Federico Nieto put Colón ahead ealry on, finishing a superb, sweeping move and added a second shortly after the break just after San Lorenzo had Pablo Pintos sent off. German Rivarola followed after a second yellow before a comedy own goal from Marcelo Goux reduced the lead. Colón hung on for the win. Estudiantes are up to second, Mauro Boselli's penalty enough to see off Atlético Tucumán while Banfield and Newell's Old Boys also move up. Santiago Silva got two in Banfield's cruise past Godoy Cruz, James Rodriguez with the third while Newell's came from behind thanks to two Joaquin Boghossian strikes after Jonathan Cristaldo had put Vélez Sársfield ahead.

The bottom two both drew 1-1, both coming back from early goals against. Tigre conceded a penalty which Nestor Rodriguez buried, but Martin Morel rescued a point. Racing Club will shortly be taken over by Lothar Matthaus and Claudio Yacob equalised Eduardo Salvo's early strike. Huracán are still in trouble and lost to a single Mariano Etcheverria goal which pulled Charcaritos out of immediate bother. Arsenal won through a single Diego Galván goal and Rosario Central beat ten-man Independiente. Jorge Broun got an early penalty and Emilio Zelaya increased the lead before Dario Gandín's second yellow scuppered any chance of an Independiente comeback.

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