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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Central claim the bragging rights with victory in the clásico rosarino (VIDEO)

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They may have had to watch city rivals, Newell’s Old Boys enjoy a recent spell of success but since returning to the Primera División, Rosario Central certainly appear to have their number. Inside the Gigante de Arroyito, bitter foes, Newell’s enjoyed plenty of possession but were ultimately undone by goals from Franco Neill and Nery Domínguez before frustration then got the better of La Lepra and Ignacio Scocco and Leandro Figueroa were sent off.

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Bielsa burns his backside to provide clip of the weekend (VIDEO)

Legendary coach, Marcelo Bielsa was in the news this week after it was revealed he had donated $2 million to former club, Newell’s Old Boys but it was in more comical circumstances that he found himself taking up column inches this weekend. The Marseille manager, took a seat during his sides victory over Toulouse and was unaware of a cup of coffee. Needless to say Bielsa was back on his feet pronto and thankfully with the cameras rolling, it provided one of the best vines on Twitter over the weekend.

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Independiente and Lanús win to keep pace with River (VIDEO)

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The Torneo Transición is over half way and it would appear that at least Lanús and Independiente are going to make River Plate work if they are to be crowned bicampeones. Independiente picked up a deserved 2-1 win over Copa Liberadores champions, San Lorenzo in Bajo Flores thanks to a delicate Daniel Montenegro free kick and a Diego Rodríguez penalty. Héctor Villalba managed to pull one back late on and set up a nervy end to the match but in truth El Rojo should have had the game dead and buried. Lanús needed to match Independiente to leapfrog them in the table and early goals from Nicolás Pasquini and Jorge Chamorro were enough to give them a 2-1 win away to Defensa y Justicia. Earlier, Banfield extended their unbeaten run to five matches but they are rapidly becoming the Primera’s draw experts, as their latest efforts, against Estudiantes, ended 1 – 1. Emiliano Terzaghi poked Banfield ahead on the stroke of halftime but Guido Carrillo’s fine header with 10 minutes remaining ensured a share of the points.

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Argentina defender scores cracking own goal in Premier League thrashing (VIDEO)

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Santiago Vergini may well have still been on cloud nine after his first full appearance for Argentina in midweek but unfortunately he will be seeing a lot of his incredible own goal from Sunderland’s match earlier against Southampton. The 26-year-old defender struck an unstoppable volley from the edge of the area past his own goalkeeper to open the floodgates and set Southampton on their way to a 8-0 win over a hapless Sunderland side.

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Tevez mural unveiled in Buenos Aires

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The residents of Villa Palito in the western suburb of San Justo have honoured Carlos Tevez with a mural depicting his celebration from earlier in the season for Juventus. Tevez remains a firm favourite for huge parts of the population and after showing a t-shirt bearing the words ‘La Palito’ as he celebrated scoring against Udinese earlier this season, artists from the area of the same name have produced a mural of El Apache. Villa Palito is in Buenos Aires Province, outside the city limits, in La Matanza so it is not Tevez’s home but the Juventus striker has tweeted his thanks nonetheless.

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Conde impresses again but Friday’s football brings nothing but draws (VIDEO)

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There is not much to add about a Friday night’s football that ends with two goalless draws with no implication on the top of the table and no relegations. Olimpo‘s search for an away win goes on as they drew 0-0 in La Plata against Gimnasia and remain at the foot of the table. Atlético Rafaela’s unbeaten run stretched to seven matches with a goalless draw against Quilmes, although La Crema were indebted to goalkeeper, Esteban Conde for another excellent performance to shut out El Cervecero.

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Violent mass brawl sees Torneo Argentina B match suspended (VIDEO)

With the scenes from Albania and Serbia’s Euro Qualifier still fresh in the memory, Argentina’s third-tier, the Torneo Argentina B witnessed it’s very own version as a mass brawl erupted in the clásico between Deportivo Roca and Club Cipolletti in Río Negro Province. With away side, Cipoletti leading midway through the second half, a fairly innocuous looking yellow card challenge sparked a 22-man mass brawl. Marcos Lamolla and Fernando Fernandez from either side were both sent off in the initial incident before Lamolla ran the length of the field to attack Fernandez. This escalated to a full-scale brawl between all the players and referee Facundo Espinosa allegedly issued a further 10 red cards in the process before calling the match off.

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Dramatic blackout sparks River Plate comeback against Libertad (VIDEO)

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A bizarre match in Asunción hinged on a power outage that saw River Plate, seemingly on the brink of defeat, roar back under the restored power of the floodlights and claim a 3-1 win over Libertad. Claudio Vargas’ stunning long range strike gave the Paraguayan side a deserved advantage and at the moment that Rodrigo López was about to take a penalty to double the lead, the lights went out. Eventually play resumed and López missed the opportunity, prompting a River comeback. Carlos Sánchez equalised from close range before youngsters, Sebastián Druissi and Gio Simeone expertly finished from one-on-one situations. River’s unbeaten streak is now 25 matches and a place in the Copa Sudamericana Quarter Final now looks an inevitability.

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