Boca the big winners as Newell’s and Arsenal slip up (video)


Ugly scenes at the end of Arsenal and Gimnasia saw 5 red cards

This weekend’s election means that there is no more football until Monday but Friday’s fixtures provided more than enough talking points. Title chasers, Newell’s Old Boys were held by Godoy Cruz in Rosario and Arsenal drew in Sarandi against Gimnasia, sparking a mass brawl and 5 red cards at the end. With both sides dropping 2 valuable points, Boca Juniors took full advantage in beating Colon in La Bombonera with yet another goal from the in-form, Emanuel Gigliotti. The win takes Boca to within 3 points of Newell’s at the summit. Earlier, Rosario Central followed up their derby victory with a good win in Cordoba against Belgrano thanks to Carlos Luna’s goal. WATCH ALL THE ACTION HERE….


Carlos Luna’s header just before half time was enough to give Central another valuable victory in their bid to avoid relegation.


When Horacio Orzan put Newell’s in front after just 6 minutes, rounding off a great passing move, it appeared it was business as usual in Rosario. However, Martin Palermo’s, Godoy Cruz battled back well and earned an equaliser on the hour mark. Jose Luis Fernandez’s shot from outside the box took a heavy deflection leaving Nahuel Guzman no chance and so Newell’s missed the chance to extend their lead at the top.


Boca are quietly mounting a title challenge and if Emanuel Gigliotti keeps on scoring they are in with an outside chance. Gigliotti’s powerful header gave Boca the lead and one minute later it was his run and shot that created the chance for strike partner, Juan Manuel Martinez. The ball finally fell to the ex-Velez man and he steered the ball into the net to double the lead.


The headlines from Sarandi sadly focus on the mass brawl which ended this match, as virtually all playing and coaching staff and police were involved and left referee, Dario Herrera to send off 5 players for their roles. Before the fight there was actually a football match played where Gimnasia’s, Facundo Pereyra cancelled out Milton Caraglio’s opener. The draw failed to capitalise on the earlier draw for Newell’s but the scenes close to full time undoubtedly overshadowed any other news.

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