Sunday’s other action: River lose first of the season as Lanus draw to go top


River manager, Ramon Diaz sent off before their game yesterday with San Lorenzo

Sunday’s other games were overshadowed and were almost the warm up before Riquelme’s return to Boca but the four other games did produce some other talking points. River Plate lost 2 – 0 away to San Lorenzo as manager, Ramon Diaz was sent to the stands before kickoff after a “discussion” with the referee prior to kickoff enquiring about the possibility of a delayed start. Lanus had the chance to go top, outright, and did so even though they could only manage a draw with Racing in Avellaneda. Tigre beat All Boys 2 – 1 in a game played behind closed doors due to last weekends problems and Godoy Cruz drew 0 – 0 with Argentinos Juniors. READ MORE AND SEE THE GOALS HERE….


River Plate’s day got off to the worst possible start and perhaps the writing was on the wall when they were delayed arriving to the ground due to the police escort that they were following. As a result, Ramon Diaz went to the speak to the officials to ask if they could move the kick off time back. This discussion obviously didn’t go quite as Diaz had wanted as the result was him being sent to the stands to watch the game. In the absense of Diaz River produced one of their most lacklustre performances. Less than a minute had gone when former Everton striker, Denis Straqualursi scored following a scramble in the River penalty box. After 20 minutes the lead was doubles when summer signing, Mauro Cetto was left unmarked from a free kick allowing the centre back the easiest of headers. River were unable to get back into the game despite bringing on last week’s hero, Luna and Juan Iturbe. There was still time for a comical sending off as San Lorenzo substitute, Gonzalo Veron was shown two yellow cards for diving in the space of 15 minutes. A good win for San Lorenzo who still sit dangerously close to the relegation places.


Following last Sunday’s fatal fight between factions of Tigre’s barra bravas which left one man dead and seven others injured the AFA ruled that this game be played behind closed doors. Tigre took the lead from the penalty spot after 6 minutes through Matias Garcia but were not ahead for long. 3 minutes later a long range strike from Santiago Montoya put All Boys level but on the half hour mark Garcia got his second of the game when he headed in a cross from the left. Tigre hung on to win and claim an important win following a testing week and some bad defeats.


Martin Palermo’s Godoy Cruz will look back on several missed opportunities in this game as they were held to a goalless draw by Argentinos. Despite creating several chances they were unable to get the breakthrough. Argentinos had Lucas Rodriguez and Anibal Matellen sent off for two bookable offences, Matellen’s hand ball also resulting in a penalty for Godoy Cruz but Mauro Obolo fired straight at goalkeeper, Luis Ojeda.


Lanus were unable to continue their 100% start to the season but kept another clean sheet as they drew with Racing. The result leaves them top of the table with 10 points and manager Guillermo Schelleto said he was happy with the performance despite receiving a red card himself after exchanging words with the fourth official.

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