Saturday’s Primera division action produced a number of talking points, notably Boca finally managing to win, a feat they have not achieved for a record breaking 12 games, and Newell’s dropping points in Quilmes plus at least one top draw goal courtesy of Godoy Cruz’s, Alexis Castro. Boca Juniors, playing in an empty La Bombonera after the crowd trouble that marred the super clasico, secured only their second win of the campaign against Colon through Juan Manuel Martinez’s second half goal. Velez Sarsfield‘s bad week continued, after they were knocked out of the Copa Libertadores on away goals, yesterday they were soundly beaten in Mendoza by Godoy Cruz. Godoy’s 3-1 win moves them closer to Copa Sudamericana qualification and the goals are worth watching for Castro’s thunderous long range strike. Later in Quilmes, Newell’s Old Boys managed dropped two valuable points. Nacho Scocco had given them the lead but then missed a penalty, a miss which cost them dearly as Quilmes struck late to earn a draw. Earlier, Esudiantes travelled to Atletico Rafaela and secured a 2-0 win. REPORTS AND GOALS HERE….
ATLETICO RAFAELA 0 – 2 ESTUDIANTES
Back to back wins for Estudiantes after their disastrous start to the season and their first on the road while Atletico Rafaela must wait at least one more week before their status in the top flight is confirmed. The visitors started the game far better and took an early lead after Duvan Zapata got on the end of a headed flick-on to apply a cool left footed finish. A cagey and somewhat dull second half had to wait until the 89th minute for another goal and it was Estudiantes who claimed it and ensure that they left Santa Fe with all the points. Roman Martinez was the most alert in the box after Guillermo Sara had saved the initial effort.
GODOY CRUZ 3 – 1 VELEZ SARSFIELD
A good win for Martin Palermo’s Godoy Cruz moves them closer to the Copa Sudamerica and heaps misery on Velez after the disappointment of their Libertadores exit. They opened the scoring in first half stoppage time when Jose Luis Fernandez cut in from the left and his deflected shot wrong footed Velez keeper, Sebastian Sosa. Just after half time Sebastian Dominguez was adjudged to have blocked the ball with his arm and so Godoy had the opportunity to extend their lead. The chance was gratefully accepted by Gonzalo Castellani, who smashed his penalty straight down the middle. Ten minutes later, Alexis Castro made sure of the result when his powerful, swerving, 30 yard drive was too much for the hapless Sosa. With five minutes remaining Velez awoke from their slumber and pushed hard and despite Facundo ‘Chucky’ Ferreyra pulling one back, it was too late.
QUILMES 1 – 1 NEWELL’S OLD BOYS
Newell’s Old Boys will certainly look back on this game ruefully if Lanus can take advantage and return to the top of the table when they play on Monday. Top goal scorer, Ignacio Scocco’s 10th goal of the season had given Newell’s the lead but later in the first half his missed penalty proved to be the turning point in this game. As it was beginning to look like Newell’s would hold on, Miguel Caneo’s 86th minute strike meant a share of the points.
BOCA JUNIORS 1 – 0 COLON
Not since the opening weekend have Boca won in the league and sadly there were no fans present to witness it in La Bombonera last night. Following the crowd trouble in the super clasico the game was played behind closed doors but Juan Manuel Martinez’s second half header was enough to give them victory over Colon. The league has clearly been sacrificed to focus on the Copa Libertadores and this week Bianchi must prepare his side once again for the quarter final tie with Newell’s. With a place in the semi finals up for grabs perhaps Boca’s season is not lost but with the performances so far it would seem winning the cup is still a long way off.