Sunday: River pick up first home win while Orión’s horror tackle overshadows San Martín’s draw with Boca (VIDEO)


River Plate bounced back from their Copa Libertadores disappointments and uncertain start to the league with a first victory in the Monumental of the campaign against Godoy Cruz. Colombian Teo Gutiérrez had already seen a penalty saved before he tapped in the opener after twenty one minutes but once more in a match that River were on top they failed to extend their advantage. Even after Godoy Cruz had the dangerous Leandro Fernández sent off in the second half the match remained nervy but Marcelo Gallardo’s side held on for a vital victory. It was still not vintage River but they remain unbeaten and there is no reason this cannot provide the kickstart to a decent run.

Later in San Juan, Boca Juniors were rather fortunate to escape with a point against San Martín. Daniel Osvaldo scored from the penalty spot after just ten minutes but it failed to ignite Boca who were uncharacteristically limp for the remainder. Marcos Figueroa deservedly poked the hosts level twenty minutes into the second half and were the more likely side to win it. The main talking point came shortly after when Carlos Bueno ran through on goal and after tapping the ball past Agustín Orión was brutally stopped in his tracks by the Boca keeper. Bueno was taken away in an ambulance with a broken leg and Orión was shown his second red card of the season. With the more than capable replacement, Guillermo Sara, Boca held on for the point but the fact that San Martín will be without Bueno for the rest of the season leaves a bad taste in the mouth.

River Plate  1 – 0  Godoy Cruz

San Martín  1 – 1  Boca Juniors

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