Sunday: River battle to win, Boca manage a draw and Tigre win


David Trezeguet celebrates giving River the lead against Colon

Another day’s games overshadowed by violence with scenes of Colon’s hooligans attacking a bus carrying River fans on the freeway dominating the news. Not wanting to dwell too much on this, as the topic will be being discussed at length in the week by the AFA, we can focus on the 3 games that took place on Sunday. River Plate had a hard fought win over Colon in the Estadio Monumental despite leading 2 – 0 after half an hour Colon fought back and made things difficult but failed to get the vital equiliser meaning River went back to the top of the table. Boca Juniors second 11 travelled to play Atletico Rafaela with Bianchi opting to rest all 11 players from midweek’s Copa Libertadores and ahead of this week’s important tie in Uruguay. The game ended 1 – 1 meaning Boca lost more ground on rivals. Sunday’s earlier game saw Tigre defeat San Lorenzo 1 – 0 in El Nuevo Gasometro. REPORTS AND GOALS HERE….


One of the meanest defences in the league was only breached by a first half penalty but that was enough to give Tigre the win. The impressive Ruben Botta scored from the spot after San Lorenzo centre back Mauro Cetto was adjudged to have handled his initial shot from the edge of the box. Both sides had chances in the second half but neither could find another goal. Newcastle United’s injured captain, Fabricio Coloccini was in the stands watching the game as he recovers from a back injury but his friendly relation with Vice-President Marcelo Tinelli will add to speculation that he will be returning to El Nuevo Gasometro in July.


River bounced back from last week’s defeat to go back to the top of the table, at least until Lanus play on Monday, but they had to work very hard to see off a determined Colon side.  River started brightly and took the lead after just 11 minutes when David Trezeguet was able to capitalise on a goalkeeping mistake by Diego Pozo. Unable to catch an inswinging freekick the ball fell to the feet of the former France international and he made no mistake. Colon had chances of their own and came close but it was River who extended their lead. An attack down the right found Leonardo Ponzio and he smashed home the finish. Colon continued to battle and eventually forced their way back in, Emanuel Gigliotti following in a rebound for his fourth of the season. Despite pressing Colon could not find the elusive second and River held on for a valuable win.


Ahead of Boca’s crucial Copa Libertadores match with Nacional on Tuesday, manager Carlos Bianchi played a completely fresh 11 players for this game against Atletico Rafaela. Despite the loss of Boca’s key players they will perhaps still see this as 2 points dropped. Rafaela went ahead through Juan Eluchans from the penalty spot in the first half but Boca came back strongly and claimed their own penalty just before half time after Santiago Silva was pushed in the back. The Uruguayan stepped up himself only to see his spot kick crash against the underside of the bar. With less than 10 minutes remaining Boca did equilise when Nicolas Blandi headed home after good work down the left by Sebastian Palacios. Boca had a strong claim for a second penalty in injury team but the referee waved away all appeals.

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