Monday night’s football kept the title race open as Newell’s Old Boys missed the opportunity to go 6 points clear at the top of the table. Their 2-1 defeat in Floresta to All Boys means the lead remains at 3 points with 3 games to play. The weekend’s results got even worse for Independiente as San Martin also managed to pick up 3 points with a 3-1 win over Tigre. The result meant that San Martin leapfrogged Independiente who now have a huge game against River Plate at the weekend. River need to win if they want to stay in the hunt for the championship but defeat could see Independiente relegated. REPORTS AND GOALS HERE…..
TIGRE 1 – 3 SAN MARTIN
With this win San Martin jumped ahead of Independiente and kept their slim hopes of survival alive and should they do so the recent goals of Claudio Riaño will be the reason. When Riaño scores San Martin win, in the past 6 games he has scored 6 and this has led to 4 wins which has given San Martin a fighting chance. His opening goal yesterday was a wonderfully composed finish and set up the victory as 10 minutes later Gaston Caprari doubled the lead. Lucas Janson pulled a goal back for Tigre just before half time but Riaño made sure after he got on the end of a long ball after 65 minutes and again lifted the ball over the onrushing goalkeeper.
ALL BOYS 2 – 1 NEWELL’S OLD BOYS
This game in Floresta could be one which Newell’s look ruefully back on if they do not end up as the Torneo Final champions in a few weeks. A win would have left them a point away from the title but instead All Boys have given River Plate a second life. Jonathan Ferrari gave All Boys the lead managing to hook a ball into the net with an overhead kick for his second goal of the season. Coincidentally the first also coming against Newell’s in the earlier Torneo Inicial. Maxi Coronel made it two on the hour mark with a looping header but Newell’s will again look at their own defensive failings with their efforts to deal with a free kick. Milton Casco did manage to snatch a goal back with over 10 minutes remaining but Newell’s could not find a way back. The result sets up next weekend perfectly, the clasico between two of Argentina’s heavyweights, River and Independiente is now even bigger.