Racing slumped to a humiliating 4-1 reverse at the hands of their neighbours in Avellaneda, while Newell's reach the top and defeat for Boca was doubly painful for Santiago Silva
Argentina Clausura Results:
|Friday APRIL 14
||Saturday APRIL 15
|Estudiantes v Colon||2-2||Independiente v Racing Club||4-1|
|Olimpo v All Boys||1-2|
|San Lorenzo v Godoy Cruz||3-0|
|San Martin (SJ) v Velez Sarsfield||1-3|
|Sunday APRIL 16
||Monday APRIL 17
|Newell's v Banfield||3-0||Lanus v Rafaela||1-0|
|Union v Arsenal de Sarandi||1-0|
|Argentinos Juniors v Belgrano||0-0|
|Tigre v Boca Juniors||2-1|
|Independiente took full advantage of their arch-rival's self-destruction on Saturday afternoon, as two goals from Facundo Parra were the launching pad for a convincing victory in the latest Clasico de Avellaneda.
The visitors, without a win in the last eight away derbies, hoped that fortune would finally be on their side as they took the lead in the first half. Gabriel Milito was caught dawdling in possession, and Teo Gutierrez was the one who took full advantage as he tucked away a simple chance. The advantage was short-lived, however, as Parra pegged La Academia back just before the interval.
Things went from bad to worse for Alfio Basile's men when play restarted. Bruno Zuculini saw red for a clumsy challenge inside the box, and after Parra converted the penalty Gutierrez's dissent expulsion meant that Racing were reduced to nine men. Goals from Patricio Vidal and Patricio Rodriguez in stoppage time gave the scoreline an emphatic look.
The win puts the Rojo into 11th place in the Clausura, while Racing lie a lowly 17th with just nine points from their opening 10 games.
Tigre fought to an invaluable win in their fight to avoid relegation to the Nacional B, as a late winner secured a stunning triumph over Apertura champions and current league leaders Boca in Victoria.
Having slumped to defeat in their last three outings, maximum points were essential for Rodolfo Arruabuena's men. They could not have asked for a better start, when an exquisite free kick from the boot of Diego Morales left Agustin Orion stranded and handed the Matador the lead.
Boca pressed hard for an equaliser but were continually frustrated by their former keeper Javier Garcia; until Juan Insaurralde struck with 10 minutes to go to level proceedings. There was to be one final twist, however. A teasing cross took a strong deflection off Rolando Schiavi, and the ball spiralled past Orion to leave the former Newell's man with an own goal that did his old side no end of favours.
The Xeneize stay top, but now share the summit with Gerardo Martino's Newell's. Tigre, meanwhile, lie fourth in the Clausura but, thanks to the average points system, are still in the direct relegation places.
|Newell's Old Boys
|Another impressive victory for Gerardo Martino's Rosarinos put them level with Boca in the top reaches of the table, and continued Newell's dreams of winning their first title since 2004.
Unbeaten since the fourth round of the Clausura, the Rosario side showed no sign of relinquishing that record against a sub-par Banfield outfit. Having failed to break down the Taladro in the first half, the breakthrough finally arrived in the 68th minute when Santiago Vergini nodded in Mauricio Sperdutti's cross.
The late effort galvanised Newell's, who ran away with proceedings. A mazy dribble from Martin Tonso left Fabian Munoz with a simple tap-in for 2-0, before the rout was completed in injury time thanks to Victor Aquino.
The win puts Martino's men on 20 points from their first 10 games, equal with joint-leaders Boca. Banfield, meanwhile, languish 19th with only Olimpo keeping them off the foot of the Clausura table.
|Best of the Rest|
|San Lorenzo coach Ricardo Caruso Lombardi celebrated his first victory with the Cuervo in impressive fashion, as the Bajo Flores team put three past Godoy Cruz. Emanuel Gigliotti was on target twice and Cristian Chavez also found the net, as San Lorenzo kept up a four-point cushion over the direct relegation standings.
Elsewhere, Olimpo's fate looks sealed as yet another loss, this time to All Boys, left the Bahia Blanca outfit rooted to the bottom of the Clausura and relegation tables. A last-minute equaliser from Mauro Boselli rescued a 2-2 draw for Estudiantes at home to Colon, while Velez Sarsfield's 3-1 victory over San Martin de San Juan was cut short with five minutes left thanks to a pitch invasion from home fans.
|The Good, the Bad & the Ugly...|
|Hero of the Week
There is no doubt that Facundo Parra is Racing's nemesis. The former Chacarita striker scored the equaliser in 2011's 1-1 draw in El Cilindro, and came up with another two on Saturday as the hapless Academia were blown away by their bitterest rivals to spell the end of Basile's latest term at the club.
Zero of the Week
Professional headline maker Teo Gutierrez is now persona non grata in his club after an outstanding display of ill-discipline in the Clasico. Having scored his club's only goal, the Colombian contrived to earn a red card after too much backchat to referee Pezzotta, and had to leave the ground in a taxi after brandishing an airgun at team-mates and being refused entry onto the bus.
Injury of the Week
Santiago Silva's hothead credentials have never been in question, but the Boca striker outdid himself on Sunday night following a close defeat against Tigre. The Urguguayan managed to fracture his hand in a post-match fracas, caused by punching a Matador fan who called him a "Failure" as he got on the bus.