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Argentinos Juniors saw their third lead cut to just four points over Guillermo Brown as they fell to a 2-1 shock away defeat to mid table climbers Independiente Rivadavia. Gabriel Heinze’s men were 1-0 down after just 13 minutes from a wonderful free kick struck from 25 yards by Diego Cardozo. The Mendoza outfit doubled their lead on the 53-minute mark through a thumping volley into the top corner from Mauro Cerutti inside the area. Both sides had multiple chances to score but Argentinos Juniors could only drag back one goal, Damian Batallini volleying home 15 minutes from time. The delight was evident for Rivadavia, who dealt Argentinos Juniors just their sixth defeat of the season.
Down in Patagonia, Guillermo Brown took full advantage of the shock defeat of the league leaders, dispatching lowly Douglas Haig 2-0. The breakthrough took time to arrive, with Claudio Mosca converting a 60th minute penalty, Marcos Arguello, the Douglas Haig keeper, bringing down an onrushing striker. Douglas Haig had an opportunity to level from the spot but Andres Mehring was equal to Sebastian Grazzini’s shot, and just moments later Tobias Figueroa would scuff home a shot at the near post to settle the tie for Brown on the 72nd minute. The win took Guillermo Brown to within four points of top spot and five points clear of Chacarita Juniors in third.
Third placed Chacarita Juniors recorded back to back wins and are unbeaten in four matches following a 2-0 away victory over 16th placed Central Cordoba. Rodrigo Salinas got the scoring under way with a tap in from a tight angle after 34 minutes following good link up play down the right wing. Chacarita were made to wait until the final minute for their second goal, converted by Leandro Barrera whose right footed finished made the game safe as a stretched Central tried to claw back an equaliser.
Both Ferro and Nueva Chicago were held to goalless draws this weekend, all but ending their promotion bids. Nueva Chicago drew away to 17th placed Deportivo Santamarina to leave them on 55 points, 9 points away from the final automatic qualification push. Ferro, similarly, were left 10 points out of the promotion places having been held 0-0 at home to second bottom Crucero del Norte, who now have four draws out of their last five in their bid to avoid relegation. Crucero’s goalless streak is now over 3 games, as Ferro remain unable to string together a run of form and falling to 7th place.
The game of the round was arguably the four goal smashing of Estudiantes de San Luis at the hands of All Boys. All Boys went all out for a big win from the very first minute but it would take until the 41st for Emir Faccioli to get the scoring underway late, his powerful header from a corner breaking the deadlock after Estudiantes keeper Lupardo saved a penalty just minutes before. Maximiliano Salas and Juan Manuel Vazquez added to the scoring on the 73rd and 69th minutes before Lucas Nicchiarelli completed the scoring with a minute to play. The win was enough to elevate All Boys to 11th position 4 spots over Estudiantes, but a club of their stature and history would have been hoping to make a run at promotion this season.
San Martin Tucuman recorded a 3-0 away win over Almagro leapfrog Almagro into 9th position. Ramon Lentini opened the scoring on 28 minutes and Mauro Quiroga was on hand to double the advantage just 9 minutes later. The points were secured on the 68th minute as Juan Galeano netter San Martin’s third of the game.
The mid table clash between Flandria and Gimnasia Jujuy ended 2-0 to the home side. Franco Costa opened the scoring in the 43rd minute and just four minutes after the restart Facundo Melivillo doubled to put Flandria two points clear of Gimnasia and continue their unbeaten run.
At the foot of the table Atletico Parana had the weekend off, and remain adrift of Juventud Unida by 8 points. Boca Unidos and Villa Dalmine and Juventud Unida all lost this weekend leaving he relegation picture as it was last weekend. Boca Unidos went down to a third minute goal from Matias Nizzo as Instituto picked up the away win to lift them into fifth position. To add insult to injury Leonardo Baroni was sent off in the 90th minute for a second bookable offense as Boca collected their third loss in as many matches.
Villa Dalmine had a back and forth encounter away to in form Brown de Adrogue. Browd took the lead after just two minutes thanks to Luciano Nieto, but Dalmine had the game levelled off through a Jonathan Figueira goal on 30 minutes. Joel Martinez denied Dalmine the chance to close the gap on Juventud as he struck the winning goal twenty minutes from time to keep Dalmine in the relegation places. Juventud Unida lost at home to Los Andes 1-0, a 67th minute Rodrigo Bogado goal settling the game, but Juventud remain one point above the relegation zone, however, their -18 goal difference is a massive cause for concern.
In round 38 Argentinos Juniors host Deportivo Santamarina who are winless in their last two matches and just seven points clear of the relegation zone. At the bottom of the table Boca Unidos face a huge clash away at Chacarita Juniors, and Douglas Haig face off against All Boys in two clashes in which the underdogs will be hoping to pull off massive upsets to help fight off relegation.
*Table correct as of the morning of June 17th
Darren Paul is a UK based fan of Racing Club, most frequently found waxing lyrical about the first touch of Luciano Aued on a Saturday night. Fan of all tiers, all genders, all forms of the Argentine domestic game.