Wins for River, Racing, Arsenal and Boca have implications in the title race and the relegation dogfight (VIDEO)


Riquelme snatches a late win for Boca

River Plate are alone at the top of the table thanks to their latest victory in El Monumental over Vélez Sarsfield. Teo Gutiérrez was able to pounce on a terrible blunder by Sebastián Sosa to earn the victory but the Colombian striker was later stretchered off with a nasty looking knee injury. With another defeat, Vélez have almost undoubtedly seen their title challenge ended and this fourth straight loss is the first time they have experienced such a run since 2003. Argentinos Juniors suffered a devastating defeat to Racing Club in La Paternal as their faint hopes of survival look all but extinguished. Rodrigo De Paul’s fine individual goal in the final minute earned Mostaza’s side all 3 points. Juan Roman Riquelme smashed in a wonderful 30-yard, injury time winner to earn Boca Juniors a 1-0 win against Tigre in Victoria and leave Fabián Alegre’s side nervously looking over the shoulder. Martin Palermo’s reign at Arsenal got off to a winning start as his side defeated Lanús in Sarandí. A Milton Caraglio brace and a late Diego Braghieri goal meant that Santiago Silva’s injury time goal was nothing more than a consolation and may have ended any hopes of lifting the Torneo Final trophy. Earlier, Colón picked up another point as they drew 0-0 with Belgrano and now find themselves just behind River at the top. WATCH ALL THE ACTION HERE….

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Valencia gives Olimpo big win over Quilmes and provides Saturday’s only goal (VIDEO)


Adolfo ‘Trencito’ Valencia’s impressive run of form continued yesterday, as the 22-year old, on loan from MLS side, Portland Timbers scored his sixth goal of the campaign and more importantly provided Olimpo with an invaluable 1-0 win over relegation rivals, Quilmes. A first away win of 2014 for Olimpo could not have come at a better time and Trencito superb solo effort could well end up condemning Caruso Lombardi’s side. Earlier, Estudiantes picked up another draw with yet another clean sheet, this time in Rosario against Central, a result which leaves them outright leaders, at least for 24 hours. And in the late kickoff, San Lorenzo welcomed Newell’s Old Boys to the Nuevo Gasómetro and with eyes on their crucial Libertadores last 16 tie with Gremio on Wednesday, it is fair to say San Lorenzo did not appear to interested in this. Newell’s continue to look a little rudderless at present and so another goalless draw was not entirely surprising.

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Gimnasia join the title race and pile the pressure on Racing while Godoy Cruz earn a huge win (VIDEO)


Gimnasia boss, Pedro Troglio may have tried his best to play down his sides title chances but with last night’s 1-0 win over Racing in Avellaneda, Gimnasia are now just a point behind league leaders and La Plata rivals, Estudiantes. Álvaro Fernández’s free header midway through the second half was enough to see off Racing and crank up the pressure once more. The locals made their feelings pretty clear to the players and coach, Mostaza Merlo at full time. Godoy Cruz picked up a valuable 3 points away to Belgrano with goals from Facundo Castillón and a superb Leandro Grimi free kick either side of Jorge Velázquez’s strike to move above Quilmes and out of the bottom 3. All Boys salvaged a point in Floresta against Arsenal when truthfully all 3 were probably needed. New Arsenal boss, Martin Palermo was watching from the stands and watched his side take the lead during the second half when Mariano Echeverría smashed in from close range. Arsenal looked to be heading for a rare Primera victory but Leonel Di Plácido rifled in a late equaliser for All Boys. With just 5 games remaining All Boys need wins and fast. WATCH ALL THE GOALS HERE….

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Argentina to face Brazil in China in the Superclásico de las Américas


Brazil after the 2012 Superclásico de las Américas

It has been announced that Argentina and Brazil will meet each other in the Superclásico de las Américas on October 11th at the Bird’s Nest Stadium in Beijing. Since it’s revival in 2011 this fixture has been a two-legged match with the sides made up of solely domestic based players, however after a reprieve in 2013 due to the Confederations Cup, it returns and this time it will be a one off match with full strength squads. Brazil won the two previous meetings and this match will have added interest if either side are crowned World Champions in July.

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Lanús take slender lead back to México with last minute winner in Libertadores last 16 (VIDEO)


After a group stage that went to the wire, Lanús are in for another tight evening in a week when they travel to Torréon, México to defend the 2-1 victory they recorded yesterday evening against Santos Laguna. The dangerous, Darwin Quintero smashed the visitors in front midway through the second half but the lead lasted less than 10 minutes as Facundo Monteseirín rifled in a well-taken equaliser. With Santos dropping deeper, content with heading back to México with a score draw it appeared that the stalemate was most likely. However, with literally seconds remaining, a free kick into the Santos penalty box caused panic and the failure to clear allowed Matías Martínez to rise and head in a dramatic winner. The goal changes the dynamic of the return leg but it remains finely balanced. WATCH THE GOALS….

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Wednesday: Colón back to the top after win over Newell’s and Estudiantes and River draw (VIDEO)


Colón were the big winners from Wednesday night’s round of fixtures as they claimed a famous victory over Newell’s Old Boys in Rosario. Lucas Alario’s second half header moved Colón back alongside Estudiantes at the top of the table, importantly put a little distance between themselves and the relegation zone and was only the third time they have done the ‘Santa Fe double’ over Newell’s and Central in the same season. The meeting of first against second, prior to the night’s matches, was between Estudiantes and River Plate in La Plata but sadly it ended goalless despite referee, Germán Delfino’s best efforts. Delfino harshly awarded a penalty after the ball had flicked up off Éder Álvarez Balanta’s hand who had been given a shove in the back by Franco Jara but River reserve keeper, Leandro Chichizola saved Guido Carrillo’s effort. The result keeps Estudiantes top with River just a point behind in the race for the title. Boca Juniors hosted San Lorenzo in one of Buenos Aires’ clásico’s but there is not much else to say. San Lorenzo ended with 9 men after Leandro Romagnoli and Néstor Ortigoza were sent off and Carlos Bianchi was forced to defend the commitment of his players after sections of the Boca fans jeered another lacklustre performance. Earlier, Rosario Central moved into championship contention with a 3-2 win over Atletico Rafaela. A Sebastián Abreu penalty and late goals from Franco Neill and Paulo Ferrari ended any hopes of a Rafaela fightback despite Lucas Albertengo and Diego Vera consolations. WATCH ALL THE GOALS….

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Boca legend, Martin Palermo set to take over at Arsenal


Julio Grondona made the somewhat surprising announcement earlier that Arsenal boss, Gustavo Alfaro has left the club after what has been a dreadful run of form in the Primera División. Three wins in the league this season is perhaps justified grounds for sacking but it has been abundantly clear that Arsenal have prioritized their Copa Libertadores commitments, and qualifying for the knockout stages for the first time in the club’s history should be seen as a sign of progression. Regardless, the axe has been swung and the name that has now moved rapidly to the fore is Boca legend, and former Godoy Cruz Coach, Martin Palermo. Grondona has been quoted as saying the deal of Palermo is “almost closed and the idea is to assume the position on Friday.”

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Massive results at the bottom of the table for Olimpo and Quilmes but disaster for Argentinos (VIDEO)


Claudio Borghi is right to look worried as Argentinos slump to another defeat

Another midweek round of Primera action and more huge matches in the relegation battle. Sadly for Claudio Borghi’s, Argentinos Juniors this could be the nail in the coffin as they were soundly beaten in Bahía Blanca by Olimpo, who themselves are in the relegation mix. First half goals from Damian Musto and a brace from Adolfo Valencia swept Argentinos away and leaves them looking very isolated at the foot of the table. Later in Liniers, Quilmes shocked a well below par, Vélez Sarsfield side and earned an invaluable 3-1 win. Vélez obviously have the distraction of the Copa Libertadores but a third straight defeat sees their Torneo Final challenge dwindling and the manner of defeat against relegation strugglers, Quilmes will worry some quarters. In spite of the disruption caused by Caruso Lombardi’s on/off resignation, Quilmes started brightly and raced into a two-goal lead thanks to Gonzalo Ríos and Joaquín Boghossian. Lucas Pratto pulled one back before the break but an injury time Cristian Lema penalty wrapped up the points. Not enough drama? Never fear, Caruso Lombardi’s wife got in on the action, normally reserved for her husband by having some kind of physical altercation with Vélez Vice-President, Julio Baldomar. WATCH ALL THE GOALS HERE…

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Sunday: River’s title challenge gathers pace – wins too for Gimnasia and Newell’s (VIDEO)


River Plate’s Colombians put River into second

River Plate deservedly defeated Atletico Rafaela in El Monumental to go second, ahead of their huge top of table clash with Estudiantes on Wednesday. Second half goals from Carlos Carbonero and Teó Gutiérrez helped Ramon Diaz’s side to another home win although Diaz did his best to add a dash of controversy by thanking the barra bravas for their support at full time. Earlier, Arsenal continued their utterly dreadful domestic form with another defeat, this time losing 2-0 in La Plata to Gimnasia. Maxi Meza continued his fine run to score both goals and inflict a fifth straight away defeat for Arsenal. Newell’s Old Boys bounced back from their Libertadores exit and coach, Alfredo Berti’s resignation to win in Mendoza, thanks to Alexis Castro’s goal against his former side, cranking up the pressure on Godoy Cruz down at the bottom. Finally, Boca Juniors travelled to Santa Fé to face Colón and predictably a clash between the tightest defence in the league and a Riquelme-less Boca ended goalless. WATCH ALL THE ACTION HERE….

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Saturday: Huge wins at either end of the table cause Caruso to quit but not for long (VIDEO)


The great escape? Argentinos give themselves hope with victory over Vélez

Saturday’s Primera action may have thrown up a couple of surprises but the wider implications could be huge. First up, Estudiantes leapt to the top of the table with a win over Quilmes, prompting Quilmes boss, Caruso Lombardi to say “I can’t do more, I am human” and hand in his resignation. Never fear though, after a little chat with the board, less than 24 hours later the ‘crazy one’ is back, at least for the 6 games remaining this season after which, they could well be relegated. Then, in La Paternal, Argentinos Juniors stunned Vélez Sarsfield to provide some hope in their efforts to remain in the Primera and derail Vélez’s title bid, and all without the missing Leonardo Pisculichi! Olimpo still hover above the drop zone after a 1-1 draw in Avellaneda with Racing Club who are now 5 without loss and finally, Lanús thumped San Lorenzo 4-1, fresh from both sides Libertadores exploits. Edgardo Bauza admitted there was no excuse for such a result but either way, Lanús leapfrogged their crestfallen opponents into second. WATCH ALL THE GOALS….

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