Gorosito debuts, Riquelme scores, Argentinos earn crucial win (VIDEO)


We are unlikely to know what went on at Argentinos Juniors under Claudio Borghi but the run of results was woeful. Yesterday afternoon in Corrientes, new manager, Néstor Gorosito took charge for the first time and the upturn in performance and result was remarkable. Losing to Boca Unidos would have been a disaster, leaving Los Bichos 10 points adrift of the fifth and final promotion spot. After a run of 2 wins in 9, never scoring more than a single goal in a match, the omens did not look good. However, Juan Román Riquelme and his boys showed no signs of such form and swept aside their hosts. Goals from Juan Ramírez, Riquelme, Lautaro Rinaldi and Gonzalo Castillejos gave Gorosito’s side a comfortable 4-0 win and closed the gap to fifth to just 4 points. Argentinos had scored just 6 goals in their 13 matches prior and the hope will be that this is very much the corner turned.

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Boca take First Leg lead against Cerro Porteño (VIDEO)


Boca Juniors made hard work of Paraguayan opposition in the previous round after losing in La Bombonera to Capiatá but against stiffer competition in Cerro Porteño, Boca take a slight lead into next week’s second leg. Emmanuel Gigliotti’s scrappy 83rd minute goal was just enough to edge the first leg but Cerro will be cursing their luck after Rodolfo Gamarra squandered a glorious opportunity for a late equaliser. After rounding Agustín Orion and with the goal gaping, the striker lost his footing and slipped to the turf. The two sides meet again next Thursday for a place in the Semi Final, and a potential clash with River Plate.

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West Ham’s Zárate chooses Chile over Argentina


West Ham striker, Mauro Zárate has opted to represent Chile instead of his native Argentina after not being named in Gerardo Martino’s latest squad and seemingly not nearing a call. With a Chilean father, Zárate is eligible and will now accept Jorge Sampaoli’s offer, according to his brother and representative, Rolando.

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Southampton rival Benfica in January swoop for Dybala


High-flying Southampton are reportedly interested in Palermo’s Argentine youngster, Paulo Dybala as the 20-year-old nears the end of his contract and could be available for a knockdown price in January. The diminuitive, pacy striker has drawn comparisons to Sergio Agüero since shooting to fame as a teenager playing for Instituto de Córdoba and could be on his way to St Mary’s if Ronald Koeman can fend off other interest and agree a fee with Serie A side, Palermo.

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River’s run continues with first leg win over Estudiantes (VIDEO)


Marcelo Gallardo is yet to taste defeat over 90 minutes and River’s remarkable unbeaten run now stretches to 29 matches. Last night in La Plata, River needed to come from a goal behind to see off Estudiantes and take a slender lead back to the Monumental. Diego Vera put the hosts ahead when he pounced on the ponderous Ramiro Funes Mori and smashed the ball past Marcelo Barovero. However, it took River just 7 minutes of the second half to draw level, Rodrigo Mora heading in Carlos Sanchez’s right wing cross. The winning goal came in fortuitous circumstances when Jonathan Schunke inadvertantly headed the ball into his own net as he tried to cut out a cross from the left and although River had Carlos Sanchez sent off late on they held on for the win.

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Arsenal once again win at home to see off Gimnasia (VIDEO)


Arsenal against Gimnasia was never likely to be a thriller and so it transpired, not that that will bother Martín Palermo and his side. Brahian Alemán’s powerfully struck shot on the brink of half time was one of the few bright moments in the match and extended Arsenal’s impressive home record. 5 wins and 2 draws inside El Viaducto gives them 17 of their 18 point total this season and so it is only this form in Sarandí that keeps them in midtable. On Sunday they welcome Independiente and so this record should be tested by the surprise title challengers.

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Argentinos turn to Gorosito to lift them after Borghi departure


Claudio Borghi’s resignation following the weekend’s latest defeat came as no surprise given that Argentinos Juniors are in real danger of missing out on promotion, in a season where that is simply unacceptable. Moving quickly to replace club legend Borghi, Argentinos have turned to another familiar face in Néstor Gorosito. The 50-year-old begins his third spell in charge of Los Bichos with one aim – return to the Primera.

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Carlos Tevez returns to Argentina squad; Caballero and Ansaldi also in


Carlos Tevez has been recalled to the Argentina squad for the forthcoming November friendlies by Gerardo Martino ending months of speculation. The Juventus striker has continued his fine form in Italy this season and so following the disappointment of the defeat to Brazil, Tevez has been given a shot. Otherwise the squad remains similar but there are also call-ups to Manchester City keeper, Willy Caballero and Atletico Madrid defender, Cristian Ansaldi.

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River maintain pace but Lanús stay on their tail while Boca and Estudiantes also win (VIDEO)


Lanús and Independiente should be commended for even staying with River Plate this season as Marcelo Gallardo’s men made it a record-equalling 28 matches unbeaten after coming from behind to defeat Atlético Rafaela. Diego Montiel had given La Crema a first half lead with a thunderous long range strike but a superb Leonardo Pisculichi free kick and an Ariel Rojas goal turned the match around and ensured that River reestablished their four-point lead at the top. Lanús had closed that gap momentarily after earlier defeating San Lorenzo in La Forteleza. Lautaro Acosta’s superbly worked goal after 20 minutes proved to be just enough to see off the Copa Libertadores champions, who now have a concern over captain, Leandro Romagnoli. After a heavy fall, the influential midfielder has fractured his elbow and will miss the remainder of the season with the hope that they will have him back for the World Club Championships in Morocco. Boca Juniors saw off a below-par Defensa y Justicia in La Bombonera thanks to a first half brace from Juan Manuel Martínez to remain in fifth and Estudiantes made hard work of defeating 10-man Quilmes in La Plata.

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Crisis deepens as Argentinos Juniors lose at home to promotion rivals and Borghi walks (VIDEO)


The situation in La Paternal is starting to look bleak as yesterday’s defeat to Nueva Chicago has now left Los Bichos seven points adrift of the fifth and final promotion spot and in the aftermath, club legend Claudio Borghi confirmed his resignation. One win in the last nine, six goals scored all season make grim reading and despite Borghi’s status at the club the locals are getting restless. The 2-1 defeat in the Estadio Diego Armando Maradona proved to be the final straw and Borghi announced his “indeclinable resignation” in the subsequent press conference. There is of course still time, but Argentinos must reverse this situation fast if they are to gain promotion. This season more than any other is of the utmost importance, with five promotion spots ahead of the 30-team Primera in 2015. Not being one of those 30 would be catastrophic for a side like Argentinos.

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