Independiente on the brink and River show title credentials


Daniel Montenegro consoled by new manager, Brindisi but both should start getting ready for life in the B

Sunday’s games from round 10 of the tournament Final saw Avellaneda giants, Independiente take another step towards relegation as the first game under new manager, Miguel Angel Brindisi had an all too familiar result, losing 2 – 0 to Atletico Rafaela. At the other end of the table, River Plate closed the gap on the leaders to put themselves right back in the hunt. A potentially tricky away day in Mendoza, saw River triumph 2 – 1 against Godoy Cruz.  Boca Juniors continue to struggle in the league and despite maybe edging the play in their game with Belgrano they could only manage a 0 – 0 draw. Perhaps more note worthy was the injury to Juan Roman Riquelme, who limped off with a hamstring injury. Finally, San Lorenzo‘s youngsters impressed as they defeated Arsenal 3 – 1 in Sarandi, the first a wonderful free kick from 21 year old, Leandro Navarro. FOR REPORTS AND GOALS….


With Quilmes winning on Friday night and Independiente’s all ready precarious situation a win was crucial but once again they found themselves on the end of a defeat and slipping further towards the drop. Atletico Rafaela took an early lead through ex-Independiente player, Federico Gonzalez and then things got even worse when Federico Mancuello was sent off. Another terrible day was finally put to bed when Diego Vera tapped home the second.


21 year old San Lorenzo midfielder announced his arrival this season after 22 minutes, making his first start of the campaign, the youngster curled in a fine free kick to set San Lorenzo on their way. Julio Furch headed an equiliser for Arsenal but San Lorenzo were soon back in front, thanks to a goalkeeping howler, Campestrini, usually such a reliable keeper allowing a ball to bounce over his head and Hector Villalba to score the easiest of goals. In injury time, Julio Buffarini made sure of the 3 points with a great strike from outside the box.


The main talking point is the injury to Riquelme so that tells you about the game. Suffering from a hamstring tear, the number 10 will miss at least a couple of weeks. With the league gone Boca will just be hoping to have him back for the Copa Libertadores clash with Corinthians.


The break through in this game came in controversial circumstance, Carlos Luna was tripped as he was through on goal a fraction outside the box by the last defender but the referee managed to get both decisions wrong in awarding a penalty and only a yellow card. Regardless of the poor officiating, it gave River the impetus as Manuel Lanzini cooly dispatched the spotkick. Just after 30 minutes, Godoy levelled after Facundo Castillon was sloppily played onside by the river defence. However, Colombian youngster, Eder Alvarez Balanta chested in a free kick in the second half to give River the points. A return to form for River sees their title challenge reignited and they will be watching Lanus closely on Monday.

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