Round 6: Lanus stretch their lead at the top as River stumble


Good friends Martin Palermo and Guillermo Schelotto greet each other ahead of their teams clash

As the sixth round of fixtures draws nearer there is a lot to catch up on from the weekend’s action so far. Lanus continued their unbeaten start to the season on Sunday with a 1 – 0 win in Mendoza over Godoy Cruz and in the process opened up a three point gap at the top. River Plate slipped up in Rosario losing 1 -0 to Newell’s Old Boys courtesy of a wonderfully taken goal by Newell’s perenial hero, Ignacio Scocco and in the process were leapfrogged into second spot. At the other end of the table, Independiente failed to improve their average as they were held to a goalless draw by Quilmes. San Lorenzo got an important win on Saturday, winning 1 -0 away to Colon despite playing most the game with 10 men. The remaining 3 games all brought the same result: Boca Juniors drawing 1 – 1 in La Bombonera with struggling Argentinos Juniors, Velez drawing with Estudiantes and finally Racing and Belgrano playing out the same score line. Not too many goals this weekend but some talking points all the same. Check out the TABLES and as always ALL THE GOALS HERE….


The Pope effect had a faster impact than expected as San Lorenzo eased their relegation fears with a win away to Colon. Despite going down to 10 men after Mauro Cetto was sent off after 32 minutes San Lorenzo managed to sneak the win. An own goal from a corner, unfortunately put in by Ruben Ramirez was enough to earn the 3 points but perhaps goalkeeper Pablo Migliori deserves more credit than any divine intervention.


Independiente without the still injured Daniel Montenegro failed to open up Quilmes and so played out what was in truth a pretty dull game. They will be hoping his return for their next game at home to Boca will bring some much needed creativity.  The “highlights” are here just in case…


The two form teams of the championship, plus the coming together of former team mates, Martin Palermo and Guillermo Scheletto now as managers of these two teams creating an intriguing buildup to this match. Unfortunately it wasn’t the goal-fest that the weekend could have done with but it was an entertaining game nonetheless. The game ultimately decided by Lanus defender Carlos Izquierdoz when he headed home a corner in the 26th minute.


Another two of the form sides met in Rosario and it was the home side that will be the happier and now sit second in the table. Ignacio Scocco continues to impress and show why he is the hottest striker in the league at the moment with a fantastic individual effort which ultimately decided this game. A long ball over the top was expertly controlled by the striker and he clipped it over the defender before sliding the ball past the goalkeeper. The game’s big talking point came in the second half when River thought they had forced an equiliser. Carlos Luna’s bundled finish was initially given but after protests from the Newell’s players and amusingly by manager, Gerardo Martino as he cradled the linesman’s face in his hands (causing his red card) the goal was disallowed. The decision was correct sa replays showed that Luna used his arm to force the ball over the line but there is now some dispute if the fourth official watched the replay in order to make the decision.


Estudiantes managed another draw but the wait for the first win of the season continues and perhaps Diego Cagna may not have too much longer. Federico Insua gave Velez the lead after 76 minutes but Estudiantes immediately hit back when Leandro Benetiz’s free kick eluded everyone.


Former Italian international Mauro Camoranesi headed Racing into the lead after just 11 minutes but not long after the break Belgrano levelled things through Jorge Velazquez. The draw was probably the right result.


One of the weekend’s worst games saw Boca draw at home to Argentinos. Santiago Silva’s penalty gave Boca the lead but in first half stoppage time Argentinos were level when Matias Martinez poked home a corner.

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