Argentina Clausura Results:
|Friday MARCH 30
||Saturday MARCH 31|
|Lanus - Belgrano||0-1||Olimpo - Banfield||2-5
|Union - Godoy Cruz||1-1|
|Tigre - Argentinos Jrs.||1-2|
||Independiente - Rafaela||2-0
| Sunday APRIL 1
||Sunday APRIL 1 (cont.)
|All Boys - Arsenal de Sarandi||0-2||Newell's Old Boys - Racing Club||2-0
|San Lorenzo - Velez Sarsfield||0-2||Estudiantes - Boca Juniors
|San Martin (SJ) - Colon||2-2
|A brilliant performance from Santiago Silva turned Sunday's top of the title clash into a procession for Boca Juniors, as the Apertura holders won with ease to reoccupy the league summit.
Having failed to hit the target for his new club since completing a summer move from Fiorentina, Silva sent the visiting fans into raptures when he took the ball into the box, turned and drilled a low effort past Mariano Andujar to open the scoring in the first half. The goal changed the course of the game, and Pablo Ledesma widened the deficit before half time with an excellent finish.
The second period was largely a foregone conclusion, but there was still time for Silva to make another decisive contribution. Turning creator, the Uruguayan chipped perfectly into the path of Pablo Mouche, who made no mistake with the finish to net the third of the evening and ensure a happy voyage back to La Boca.
Julio Falcioni's men now sit top of the pile after eight games, one point ahead of closest challengers Newell's Old Boys.
A tame defeat in front of an empty Nuevo Gasometro was the final straw for San Lorenzo coach Leonardo Madelona, who resigned minutes after Sunday's 2-0 reverse at the hands of Velez Sarsfield.
In a game played without public due to the disturbances in the 1-1 draw against Colon, San Lorenzo knew that a win would move them further from relegation trouble having watched both Tigre and Rafaela fall at the weekend. They were never competitive against Velez, however, who were ahead just seven minutes into proceedings thanks to Alejandro Cabal's strike.
Madelon's team had a handful of chances to level early in the second half, but their chances were extinguished thanks to a moment of magic from Ivan Bella. The midfielder unleashed a storming 30 metre strike which gave Pablo Migliore no chance in goal, and condemned the Cuervo to their fourth defeat of the season.
Velez lie third in the Clausura, just two points off leaders Boca. San Lorenzo, meanwhile, languish in 17th with just eight points, and in the relegation standings remain rooted in the play-off positions.
|Newell's Old Boys
|A fourth consecutive win for Newell's Old Boys took Gerardo Martino's team within an inch of the Clausura lead, and piled further misery on misfiring Racing.
Both teams had chances to open the game up in an even first half, but the withdrawal of Bruno Zuculini at the interval changed the visitors' dynamic for the worse and from that point there only appeared one winner. Maximiliano Urruti set the Lepra on the road to victory, springing the Racing offside trap and blasting past Sebastian Saja.
Alfio Basile's men had no answer to the setback, and the three points were assured for Newell's midway through the second half. Pablo Perez was given all the space in the world as the Academia defence unravelled, and the Rosario native struck perfectly on the half-volley to double the advantage and end the game as a contest.
Just one point separates Newell's from leaders Boca at the top of the table, while with two straight defeats Racing are nearing a crisis point as they prepare for back-to-back clasicos against San Lorenzo and Independiente.
|Best of the Rest
|Olimpo's time in the Primera Division looks set to come to an end in June, as another defeat led to the resignation of coach Hector Rivoira. The Bahia Blanca side took the lead after just four minutes at home to Banfield, but collapsed to a 5-2 defeat and stay rock-bottom of the relegation standings. Tigre also did their chances of survival no favours, falling to a second straight defeat at the hands of Argentinos Juniors.
Independiente continued their upsurge in form since dispensing with the services of Ramon Diaz. The Rojo downed Rafaela 2-0 in Avellaneda thanks to goals from Facundo Parra and Fabian Monserrat, to record a third victory in four since Cristian Diaz (no relation) took the helm.
|The Good, the Bad & the Ugly...
Hero of the Week
It had been a long time coming, but there is no doubt that Santiago Silva savoured his first goal in the Boca shirt. The powerhouse striker was also key to the club's Libertadores defeat of Arsenal midweek, and has established himself already as a crucial part of the Xeneixe title aspirations.
Zeros of the Week
Leonardo Madelon has suffered a rotten run of luck when it comes to teams fighting at the bottom of the table; playing his part in both Rosario Central's (2010) and Quilmes' (2011) relegations. It would take a brave man to bet against the coach making it three teams in a row now, as he quit San Lorenzo following a defeat to Velez as the storm clouds continue to darken over Bajo Flores.
Goal of the Week
Step forward David Trezeguet, who has been taking the Nacional B by storm in River Plate since completing a January transfer and who has already notched seven goals. Two of them came on Saturday against Ferro, including an astonishing volley which capped a 3-0 win and further endeared the former France international to the fans of his boyhood idols.