Weekend Roundup: Newell’s go top as Lanus are held by Independiente


Julio Buffarini was instrumental in piling the pressure on Boca and Bianchi

A later than normal weekend review but all the goals as always. On Saturday, Boca Juniors miserable run continued as they were comprehensively beaten by San Lorenzo to make it 12 games without a win. San Lorenzo’s 3-0 win was inspired by Julio Buffarini who scored one and made the other two. Later, Newell’s Old Boys came from behind to beat Godoy Cruz 3-1 with Nachi Scocco scoring twice and as results transpired retook the championship lead. Velez Sarsfield threw away a two goal at home to Arsenal and Racing‘s good recent form continued with a 2-0 win over Tigre in Avellaneda. On Sunday, Lanus and Independiente drew 0-0 with a result that helps neither team particularly, Lanus dropping points in the championship race and Indepediente still some way from safety. San Martin dragged Argentinos Juniors deeper into the relegation quagmire with a 2-1 victory and Quilmes convincingly won 3-0 in Colon. Lastly, River Plate kept their championship hopes alive with a 2-0 win in the Monumental against All Boys. ALL THE GOALS HERE….


Boca still haven’t won since the opening weekend and judging by this performance that won’t change anytime soon. San Lorenzo are the only other club with more victories over their Buenos Aires rivals, Boca and they were good value for this victory. Julio Buffarini put in a man of the match performance, crossing to set up goals for Gonzalo Veron and Angel Correa and converting a penalty himself. Boca themselves won a penalty in stoppage time but Santiago Silva skied his effort.


Despite falling behind to Mauro Obolo’s 23rd minute opener Newell’s Old Boys fought back bravely to show off their title credentials. Top scorer, Ignacio Scocco pulled them level with a deflected long range free kick just five minutes later and in the second half Newell’s made sure of the three points.  Pablo Perez got on the end of a cross just after the hour with his finish also getting the help of a deflection and then Scocco got his second of the game from the penalty spot.


Ezequiel Rescaldani’s fine curled finish from outside the box and Lucas Romero’s second half strike looked to have given Velez the points but another fine strike from Dario Benedetto with 10 minutes to go set up a grandstand finish and late in injury time Nicolas Aguirre grabbed a dramatic late equaliser.


Goals in the opening minute and the last minute gave Racing a deserved win against Tigre. Bruno Zuculini’s 2nd minute header looked to be the match winner until the 92nd minute when Luis Fariña finished off a solo run through the Tigre defence.


Both sides could have done with all three points but had to make do with a share of the spoils as both sides ended with 10 men. Young Lanus midfielder, Guido Pizarro was shown a straight red for a recklessly late tackle in the first half despite manager Guillermo Schlotto’s protests. Late on Independiente lost Cristian Tula for a second yellow card and the game petered out to a draw.


Argentinos Juniors will be starting to get a little nervous after their latest defeat at the hands of another relegation rival. Jorge Luna got the break through just after half time gave San Martin the lead and after Fabio Vasquez was sent off for Argentinos, San Martin were able to take full advantage and double their lead courtesy of Claudio Riaño’s 82nd minute goal. Daniel Villalba’s 90th minute free kick was nothing more than a consolation and the score line could have been much worse not only because of a host of missed chances earlier but also a missed penalty in injury time.


A fine win for struggling Quilmes as they saw off a disjointed Colon side. Two goals from Miguel Caneo, the second a fine free kick and a tap in from Martin Cauteruccio sealed the win.


Another goal from youngster Manuel Lanzini set River on the way to another victory and keeps them 3 points behind leaders Newell’s. In injury time Carlos Luna made certain of the victory with a simple tap in.

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