Sunday: Newell’s keep pressure on, Godoy Cruz win thriller and Boca Independiente ends in draw

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Daniel Montenegro sees his penalty saved by Boca Keeper, Agustin Orion

After the disappointment of Saturday’s action Sunday served up plenty of drama and talking points: Independiente failing to take advantage of Boca playing with 10 men for most the game, Godoy Cruz and San Martin producing a 5 goal thriller, Rafaela picking up 3 points against Union to heap further pressure on Independiente and San Lorenzo‘s goalkeeper being arrested after their defeat to Newell’s Old Boys. ALL THE REPORTS AND GOALS HERE…. 


Independiente once again failed to take advantage of opportunities and a host of wasted chances saw them only pick up a point against Boca. The usual problem for El Rojo sees their relegation average slide further down and their battle become even harder.
Both sides created chances early but returning Independiente captain had the best opportunity from the penalty spot after just 10 minutes. Unfortunately, like misfiring striker Ernesto Farias, earlier in the season Montenegro could not take advantage. Penalty expert, Agustin Orion guessed correctly and saved well down to his right. Independiente then got another stroke of luck when Cristian Cellay was sent off for denying a goal scoring opportunity. There was still a lot to do so whether or not it was a goal scoring opportunity is arguable and no dount a decision that irked Carlos Bianchi.
However, it was the 10 men of Boca that took the lead when they broke forward and under fire Uruguayan centre forward, Santiago Silva headed in.
The second half saw Bianchi’s frustration eventually lead to him being expelled from the dugout. Independiente piled on the pressure and created several scoring opportunities but could only take one. Claudio Morel Rodriguez smashing a rebound into the net following another missed chance.
The draw does little to help Independiente in their situation but coach, Americo Gallego was resolute. He was happy with the performance and vowed to fight on, but the problem remains that El Rojo don’t need performances, they need points, and desperately.


Godoy Cruz kept up the pressure on Lanus at the top of the table as San Martin slipped further towards relegation. Godoy Cruz led early through Mauro Obolo but were pegged back courtesy of an own goal by Nicolas Sanchez and a Damian Ledesma header. However, Godoy Cruz showed their resiliance with an improved second half display. David Ramirez headed them level and then with less than 10 minutes remaining Obolo ran onto a long ball and managed to prod it beyond goalkeeper, Luciano Pocrnjic.


If San Martin’s defeat was a good result for Independiente in the relegation battle then it was counter balanced by rivals Rafaela picking up a valuable 3 points against Union. The only goal of the game coming after 30 minutes from Uruguayan, Diego Vera.


Newell’s continue to look like the side most likely to challenge Lanus for this season’s Torneo Final. Usual goal scorer Ignacio Scocco turned provider when his exquisite pass released Maxi Rodriguez and he slid the ball under the body of the onrushing Pablo Migliori. In Scocco and Maxi, Newell’s have two of the best players in the division and they will always give them a chance. The scoreline remained the same but San Lorenzo goalkeeper provided the day’s big story line when he was arrested by police after the game. He was taken for questioning in relation to Boca hooligan and fugitive, Maxi Mazzarro as the police believe Migliori has concealed information.


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