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Martin Palermo was the hero for Boca as he was behind both the goals in victory over River Plate.

Martin Palermo started the new year in sensational fashion as the veteran Argentine striker inspired Boca Juniors' 2-0 victory over arch-rivals River Plate in the first Superclasico of 2011 at Mar del Plata.

The 37-year-old created the first goal of this friendly encounter between the two biggest rivals in Argentine football as he released Nicolas Colazo for the opener and then headed past River custodian Juan Pablo Carrizo to wrap up an encouraging pre-Clausura win.

Over 20,000 fans were at the Estadio Jose Maria Minella to watch the Superclasico and saw a very impressive and defensively strong Boca side go 2-0 up in the first 45 minutes itself, although River did have their moments and tested Boca custodian Javier Garcia on a number of occasions.

Garcia was superb after the break too as he kept the River attackers at bay, disappointing Manuel Lanzini, Erik Lamela and Jonathan Maidana.

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