Friday, 23 April 2010

Godoy slip to let Estudiantes in

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

After going top the previous week, Godoy Cruz ran into a River Plate side with a rocket up their collective backside. Federico Higuain put Godoy ahead in the first half, but River struck twice in two second half minutes through the veteran Ariel Ortega and Paulo Ferrari to sneak a win. Indeed, Godoy slip to fourth, albeit only two points off the top. Estudiantes went top with a win over Tigre. Leandro Desabato put Estudiantes ahead early on and Jose Sosa made it two midway through the first half. Tigre got one back just before the break with Marcos Rojo's own goal, but Estudiantes held on. Independiente are level on points with Estudiantes after a comfortable win over champions Banfield. Nestor Silvera put them ahead, but Banfield hit back through Ruben Ramirez. They were level for just two minutes, Leandro Gracian restoring the lead, and Leonel Nunez sealed it in second half stoppage time. Argentinos Juniors grabbed a point with a late, late Facundo Coria equaliser against Arsenal to also go above Godoy. Jose Calderon put Argentinos ahead early, but two from Luciano Leguizamo either side of half-time - the second a penalty - turned the game until Coria's late intervention.

A tempestuous Rosario derby ended nine-a-side as honours were shared. Central were ahead inside three minutes through Diego Braghieri, but it was all square again as Rolando Schiavi equalised from the spot quarter of an hour later. Mario Paglialunga and Lucas Bernardi were sent off in the same incident just after the half hour, reducing both sides to ten. Cristian Nunez was dismissed on the stroke of half-time leaving Newell's with nine and it was all square five minutes into the second half as Nahuel Valentini picked up a second yellow.

Tucumán are still bottom, but picked up their first win to reduce the arrears. Emmaniel Gigliotti and Jonathan Blanes put them two up inside ten minutes midway through the second half. Erwin Avalos pulled one back four minutes before time for Chacarita, but it was too little too late. Marcos Perez got the only goal for Gimnasia as they beat Boca who are still struggling, but San Lorenzo look to have turned a corner. Alejandro Gomez put them one up in the first half and the game was up for Huracán when Ezequiel Filipetto got a second yellow. Fabian Bordagaray made it two five minutes after the dismissal and Cristian Leiva made it three late on. Racing came from behind to beat Vélez. Fernando Tobio put Vélez ahead five minutes from time and they remained in front until Ricardo Alvarez was sent off. Pablo Luguercio equalised five minutes later and Racing were in front two minutes later through Claudio Yacob and Claudio Bieler got a third within five minutes to win it. Guido Pizarro grabbed a late equaliser for Lanús after Colón went ahead shortly after the break with a Esteban Fuertes penalty.

This week:

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

River's resurgence will be sorely tested by Estudiantes while everyone else will be trying to stop this becoming the four-horse race it's rapidly developing into.

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