Monday, 22 March 2010

Superclasico washed out

Huracán 2-0 Chacarita Juniors
Atlético Tucumán 1-3 Estudiantes
San Lorenzo 2-2 Colón
Lanús 1-0 Racing Club
Newell's Old Boys 1-1 Vélez Sarsfield
Argentinos Juniors 1-1 Tigre
Independiente 2-0 Rosario Central
Gimnasia La Plata 0-2 Arsenal
Godoy Cruz 2-0 Banfield
Boca Juniors 0a0 River Plate

The Bombonera bore witness to an astonishing downpour before, during and after the attempt to get the Superclasico played. With an expected huge crowd, the officials did the right thing in attempting to play, once the lines had been repainted, but further unrelenting rain saw the ball sticking in puddles and there was no real option other than to abandon the game. Ten minutes had been played and the score remained 0-0. The remaining 80 minutes will be played on Thursday.

Independiente and Godoy Cruz both continued to check out at the top of the table after both secured wins. Independiente left it late to see off Rosario Central who slide to second bottom as a result of Lucas Mareque and Leonel Nunez striking in the final quarter-hour. Godoy Cruz were slightly more comfortable against Banfield, Leonardo Sigali giving them the lead inside twenty minutes and David Ramirez making it safe quarter of an hour from time. Ten-man Vélez dropped points, but won't be too unhappy with a draw after playing for more than an hour a man short. Franco Razotti picked up his second yellow card after 28 minutes and Newell's eventually took advantage of their numerical superiority with Rolando Schiavi's penalty on the hour. But Pablo Lima popped up a couple of minutes from time to snatch a point. Mauro Boselli stuck two more away as Estudiantes eased past ten-man Tucumán. A Boselli penalty handed Estudiantes the lead early on, but it was level at the break thanks to Juan Manuel Azconzabal. Jose Sosa restored the lead a couple of minutes after the break before Claudio Vargas was sent off and Boselli made it three on 75 minutes.

It was an eventful game for San Lorenzo's Alejandro Gomez who got both his side's goals and was sent off in the draw against Colón who were ahead inside five minutes through Facundo Bertoglio. Gomez equalised eight minutes later, but Eduardo Coudet restored Colón to the lead before the break despite German Rivarola having been sent off. Gomez equalised a minute from time, but his celebration brought a second yellow and he was duly dismissed. Sebastien Blanco ensured a vital win for Lanús, sticking the only goal of the game away midway through the second half against Racing Club while there were dismissals in all the remaining games. German Cano saw red for Chacarita as they went down to Huracán. Gino Clara put Huracán in front and Paolo Goltz made it two late on, a couple of minutes after Cano's dismissal. Argentinos blew a lead after Nicol Peric was sent off. Nicolas Pavlovich had them in front early on, but Claudio Luna squared it up for Tigre after Peric's indiscretion and Sebastien Romero picked up two bookings for Gimnasia in their match against Arsenal. Luciano Leguizamon had Arsenal ahead before Romero's second yellow and Ivan Obolo made it two late on.

Coming up:

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

We've got Superclasico Take 2 before a full programme for round 11 where top game sees Godoy Cruz go to La Plata to take on Estudiantes. This will be a test of their credentials as front runners while leaders Independiente are away at inconsistent Colón. Banfield will be looking to get back to winning ways at home to Gimnasia, something Vélez ought to be doing against rock bottom Atlético Tucumán, the only side yet to win.

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