A Bowyer/Dyer moment in the Metropolitana B as teammates fight on the pitch

Deportivo Morón’s visit to Barracas Central in the Metropolitana B was never likely to get much media exposure but thanks to the on-field exploits of Gastón Montero and Jonathan Páez, clips from the match have hit the headlines. Morón teammates, Montero and Páez clashed off the ball and were duly sent off following in the illustrious footsteps of Newcastle duo, Lee Bowyer and Kieran Dyer or General Díaz players earlier this year in the Copa Sudamericana.

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Liverpool and Arsenal vying for unsettled Higuaín

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Arsenal and Liverpool are both keeping an eye on Gonzalo Higuaín’s position at Napoli amid reports that the striker is unsettled with the Italian sides current struggles. There have already been suggestions that Liverpool have offered £31.2 million ahead of a potential January switch although the players brother says any unrest and potential move away from Naples is just gossip.

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Atlético Rafaela complete the Copa Argentina Semi Final lineup (VIDEO)

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Atlético Rafaela booked their place in the Copa Argentina Semi Final after a 1-0 win in Junín against Defensa y Justicia. Federico González smashed in a loose ball from a corner after 17 minutes and that proved to be enough for La Crema to set up a Semi Final clash against Huracán. The other Semi Final will be between Rosario Central and Argentinos Juniors.

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River ease through and will meet Estudiantes after penalty drama (VIDEO)

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After last week’s victory in Asunción and given River’s formidable home record it was little surprise to see Marcelo Gallardo’s side breeze into the Copa Sudamericana Quarter Final. Libertad made life even more difficult for themselves early on when Antonio Bareiro was sent off for an elbow on Ariel Rojas and it allowed River to dominate. Goals just before the end of both halves from Gabriel Mercado and Gio Simeone stetched River’s unbeaten run to 27 matches. Earlier in Montevideo, Estudiantes did not have things so easy. Gonzalo Viera’s early header meant that Peñarol took an early lead in the tie on away goals and when Jonathan Rodríguez smashed in a second in first half stoppage time things looked bleak. However, Guido Carrillo’s superbly struck, long range effort with 20 minutes remaining levelled the tie. As the match went to penalties it was left to Estudiantes keeper, Hilario Navarro to be the hero, as he saved three spotkicks to set up the all-Argentine Quarter Final against River.

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Defensive howler results in defeat for Argentinos Juniors in the B (VIDEO)

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Things are starting to get more than a bit nervy for Argentinos Juniors after another defeat in the Nacional B leaves them five points adrift of the fifth promotion spot in Zona A. Juan Román Riquelme played the full 90 minutes in Jujuy but could not inspire Argentinos to victory and instead an awful mixup between defender, Ángel Garré and goalkeeper, Luís Ojeda allowed Martín Abraham to poke in a 87th minute winner for Gimnasia y Esgrima de Jujuy. One win in seven now for Argentinos is hardly the type of form required to achieve promotion back to the Primera and time is running out to turn this around.

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Holders, Lanús crash out of Copa Sudamericana despite Braghieri golazo (VIDEO)

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Lanús will now have to focus on catching River Plate in the Primera after their hopes of reclaiming the Copa Sudamericana were ended by Cerro Porteño in La Forteleza last night. Trailing 2-1 from the first leg in Paraguay, Óscar Romero provided the visitors with a perfect start with just a minute on the clock. The 22-year-old, who scored both last week, curled a wonderful shot beyond Agustín Marchesín to leave Lanús with an even more difficult task. A lifeline came from an unexpected source five minutes before half time when centre back Diego Braghieri galloped from half way through the heart of Cerro’s side and slotted the ball beneath Diego Barreto. While the goal provided the match with a memorable moment, Lanús were unable to find the crucial goal to take the tie to extra time and so Cerro Porteño take a place in this year’s Quarter Final to face either Boca Juniors or Deportivo Capiatá.

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Celebrations as Ferro’s 12-year bankruptcy is lifted

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Thousands of Ferro Carril Oeste supporters took to the streets of Caballito on Monday to celebrate the club’s bankruptcy being lifted after 12 years. Since 2002 when the judgement was made over a debt of 53,000 pesos, Ferro have slumped into decline: languishing outside the top flight, a fraction of the members numbers and no control over their finances. The latest ruling allows the club to resume control and hold elections as a new era begins for one of Buenos Aires’ big clubs.

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Arsenal earn first away point with a draw against Tigre (VIDEO)

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Arsenal managed to claim their first point outside of Sarandí last night with a 1-1 draw in Victoria against Tigre. The home side themselves were in need of a decent result after the 4-3 loss against Godoy Cruz which ended Gustavo Alfaro’s 100% start as manager. Ramiro Carrera gave Martin Palermo’s side the lead after half time but Juan Carlos Blengio headed in Sebastián Rincón’s cross after 77 minutes. The point leaves both sides in mid-table but the upturn in Tigre’s fortune since Alfaro took over is impressive.

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The ugly side of the clásico as two fans are killed in Rosario

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Amid the celebrations of Rosario Central’s victory in the Clásico Rosarino it has been reported that two fans have been killed in violent clashes on the streets. The first, Martín Acosta, 39, was shot while celebrating the victory outside his home by a neighbour, who is now believed to be on the run and the second was Lautaro Boca, 22, who was stabbed in the chest while walking from the ground. Witnesses report this was committed by a group of young men in the colours of Newell’s and a 35-year-old man was arrested with the murder weapon. There were also 8 other serious injuries to people in separate incidents as once again, Argentine football makes all the wrong headlines.

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River extend lead, Boca win thriller and Racing defeat Vélez (VIDEO)

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River Plate may not be playing with the quite the same fluency in recent weeks but they still swept past Belgrano in the Estadio Monumental last night. When it counts, River find the necessary goals and once again Teo Gutiérrez was the main protagonist. Leonel Vangioni had given River a first half lead and when the match was starting to get a little nervy, Teo added a late brace to earn another home win and move four points clear at the top. Racing are up to fourth after their comfortable 2-0 win over Vélez Sarsfield thanks to two first half goals. The first a lucky lob from Ricardo Centurión and the second a fine individual goal from Gustavo Bou to give Racing a fourth win in five. Finally in Mendoza, Boca Juniors won a frantic game of football against Godoy Cruz that went back and forth before Jonathan Calleri stabbed in a late winner. Fernando Gago’s deflected strike had given Boca an early lead but goals from Rolando García and Jaime Ayovi either side of half time put the home side back in charge. However, the leakiest defence in the Primera were always susceptible to attack and an excellent Juan Manuel Martínez goal was quickly followed by Calleri’s winner. Boca are now up to fifth although they remain 8 points off leaders River.

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