Saturday roundup: Boca lose again to give Estudiantes first win


The longest winless run since 1957, Boca continue to struggle

Boca Juniors are turning out to be the team to play for any struggling side hoping to end any losing streaks as yesterday was the turn of Estudiantes. Without a win this season the team from La Plata were able to take advantage and pick up a valuable 1 – 0 win. San Lorenzo deprived Godoy Cruz the chance to close the gap on the leaders as they came back from a goal down to salvage a draw in the Nuevo Gasometro.  Colon earned a hard fought 1 – 0 win over Arsenal and in the battle of the two relegation threatened sides, San Martin defeated Union 3 – 1. The result means that San Martin go above Independiente, still in the relegation places but heaoing further pressure on the Avellaneda giants ahead of their game with Argentinos Juniors on Sunday. FOR REPORTS AND GOALS READ MORE….


10 games now without a win for Boca Juniors matches a run of results not seen since 1957 but manager, Carlos Bianchi refuses to get worried, “I do not look at the statistics…I just think about improving the team.” And improvement them he must as, particularly in the absence of Juan Roman Riquelme, Boca look completely devoid of any creativity while also looking rather fragile defensively. The Torneo Final is obviously written off and there is no threat from relegation but if Boca wish to make a serious challenge in the Copa Libertadores they must improve dramatically. This run of results has also seen bottom side, Union break their 26 game unbeaten run by winning in La Bombonera and only a couple of weeks ago, other relegation candidates San Martin thrashed Boca 6 – 1 and now Estudiantes earn their first win.
Boca had the better of possession but the only goal came when Duvan Zapata’s shot was saved by Ariel Orion and the rebound was sidefooted home by Maxi Nuñez.


Martin Palermo’s side dropping two more points here sees them drop off the pace of Lanus but credit should be given to San Lorenzo for their spirited performance in the second half to earn a draw. Denis Stracqualursi was responsible for a bad first half for San Lorenzo when he was sent off after 37 minutes, two minutes later they were further punished when Mauro Obolo headed in a cross from the left. However, in the second half the sides were even again after Emanuel Insua was shown a red card for Godoy. San Lorenzo rallied and in the 80th minute found an equaliser, good work down the right created the opening and Walter Kannemann applied the headed finish.


Colon’s good form continues since the appointment of Pablo Morant and they piled more misery on Arsenal, following their Libertadores exit and last weekend’s defeat to San Lorenzo. The goal came early in the second half when midfielder, Sebastian Prediger cut in from the left and fired in from outside the box. The midfielder is one of the players who has certainly improved under Morant.


Two sides who will (minus a miracle) be playing in the Nacional B next season clashed in San Juan and it was the hosts who prevailed. Despite falling behind early to Guillermo Cosaro’s goal, San Martin came back strongly. Two goals from Claudio Riaño turned the game around before Andres Franzoia was sent off for Union and Lucas Landa headed home an injury time third.

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