Thursday, 25 February 2010

Vélez lead after win over Independiente

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

Argentinos finally got through a week without having a match abandoned as the rain held off for the final 82 minutes of the game at Banfield. And what a stroll it was for the champions too, Sebastien Fernandez and Marcelo Quinteros giving them a 2-0 half-time lead and Ruben Ramirez making it three shortly before a second yellow for Juan Sabia saw Argentinos reduced to ten, ending any chance of a comeback. That followed Banfield's goalless draw at home to Roasrio Central at the weekend and those four points shove the champs right back into the frame at the sharp end of the table.

Vélez won the big battle at the top end, sticking three past Independiente who finished with ten with Luciano Vella sent off in stoppage time. Juan Martinez put Vélez ahead just before the break and Maxi Morales and Santiago Silva sealed it in the second half. Federico Nieto scored a winner for Colón deep into stoppage time against Chacarita Juniors to keep pace with the leaders. Estudiantes and Huracán finished ten-a-side, but not until Estudiantes had built up a two-goal lead through the much sought after Mauro Boselli and Juan Veron while Godoy Cruz lose ground thanks to a late equaliser from Martin Palermo who rescued a point for Boca.

Racing Club beat ten man San Lorenzo who are really struggling now. Jonathan Bottinelli was sent off ten minutes into the second half and Racing eventually took advantage eight minutes from time. Elsewhere, draws were order of the day. River Plate hung on for a point despite Matias Almeyda being sent off just three minutes after Macelo Gallardo had equalised Sergio Sena's opener for Arsenal. Atlético Tucumán were ahead in three minutes against Argentinos, Claudio Sarria on target, but Javier Paez put through his own net the level. Early goals from Tigre and Gimnasia cancelled each other out and Lanús overcame a one man disadvantage to snatch a point at Newell's. Jorge Achucarro put Newell's ahead and that looked like being enough, especially as Agustin Pelletieri saw a straight red moments later. But Santiago Salcedo nicked a point shortly before the end.

This week:

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

The big one this week is Banfield's trip to Rosario to take on Newell's. San Lorenzo's troubles look set to continue against Tigre as Diego Simeone takes on his first major challenge in his managerial career and we'll wrap all that up early next week ahead of a midweek round of fixtures.

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