Lanus held in La Bombonera and River take advantage to close the gap


Guillermo Schelotto’s emotional return to La Bombonera

The league’s top three sides were in action yesterday and it was River Plate who profitted the most as leaders Lanus could only draw and Newell’s Old Boys were defeated by Colon meaning only 2 points seperates all three. Lanus made the short journey to Boca, an all too familiar trip for Lanus manager, Guillermo Schelotto who played under Carlos Bianchi in his famous Boca side some years ago. This reunion was the biggest talking point unfortunately as the two sides cancelled each other out resulting in a 0 – 0 draw. Earlier in the day, a second string, Newell’s side were defeated at home by Colon. With the midweek Libertadores game clearly in their plans, Colon were able to take full advantage and two goals from the league’s top scorer, Emmanuel Gigliotti gave them a 2-1 win. The day’s big winners were River Plate, who won 2 – 0 in Avellaneda against Racing. With both Lanus and Newell’s dropping points, River were able to close the gap to just 2 points. ALL THE GOALS HERE….


River got back to winning ways with a good performance against Racing. They took an early lead when Leandro Gonzalez Pirez thundered home a header from a corner and despite not getting the second until the closing minutes were good value for the three points. As Racing pushed to salvage something, Manuel Lanzini was able to capitalise on a loose pass and run clear on goal, skipping around the goalkeeper to finish and make certain of the win.


Emmanuel Gigliotti scored twice in the second half to give Colon the win against a Newell’s reserve 11. Despite getting a consolation goal through Horacio Orzan, Newell’s failed to take  advantage of Lanus dropping points.


Both sides had their share of chances but neither could find a way through. Boca are still searching for a win since the opening day of the season, with the Libertadores obviously taking priority. For Lanus, it is two draws in a row but they remain top of the table.

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