Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Godoy and Independiente make a break for it

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

The top two have made a break for it in the Clausura. Banfield's goalless draw with improving Arsenal allowed Godoy Cruz and Independiente to go clear. Federico Higuain got both for Godoy Cruz against Tucumán, the second and vital one coming in second half stoppage time. His first came on the half hour, but Javier Páez equalised 15 minutes into the second half before a few moments of madness saw Tucumán's Deivis Barone get a straight red and Godoy's Sergio Sanchez receive a second yellow before Higuain swooped for the winner. Godoy trail Independiente by two points after they beat Chacarita through Eduardo Tuzzio's fourth minute effort in a low-key game.

Vélez move above Banfield on goal difference after Rolando Zarate's early effort saw them get past struggling Lanús who drop to second bottom. Rosario Central move above Lanús after beating nine-man San Lorenzo who saw Pablo Pintos and Jonathan Bottinelli dismissed early in the second half. Eventually, the numerical disadvantage told and Milton Caraglio won it with a couple of minutes left. Boca Juniors are only ahead of Rosario and Lanús on goal difference after being well beaten by a vastly improved Tigre side. Carlos Luna got all three for Tigre as they move up to sixth.

The highly-rated Mauro Boselli was on target again for Estudiantes as they beat Newell's at home. Nahuel Roselli's own goal put them in front on the stroke of half time before Boselli's fifth of the season sealed it. Colón lost yet more ground after their great start as they drew with Gimnasia who were in front on the half hour through Marcos Perez. Marcelo Goux squared it up before the break. River Plate scored a much-needed win over Huracán for whom Ezequiel Filipetto put through his own net in just the second minute to give River the advantage. Gustavo Canales made it two with quarter of an hour left to seal it. Finally, Nicolas Pavlovich got the only goal of the game as Argentinos Juniors beat Racing Club.

Next week:

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

It's Superclasico time, though that term has lost a lot of value given the two sides relative struggles over the last twelve months or so. Boca arrive at this one in rotten form and only three points off the foot of the table. River are locked in mid-table which, for them, isn't good enough. It'll still be a monumental clash though as these games always are, no matter what state the sides are in. Elsewhere, Godoy face a stern test of their top-of-the-table credentials with a game against Banfield while Independiente take on lowly Rosario Central. Estudiantes can make up some ground with a game against rock bottom Tucumán.

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