Argentina Clausura Results:
|Friday APRIL 27
||Saturday APRIL 28
|Estudiantes v Velez Sarsfield||0-2||San Martin (SJ) v Godoy Cruz||1-0|
|Lanus v Racing Club||3-1||Newell's v All Boys||1-1|
|Boca Juniors v Colon||1-0|
|Independiente v Banfield||2-0|
|Sunday APRIL 29
||Monday APRIL 30
|San Lorenzo v Arsenal de Sarandi||2-0||Belgrano v Tigre||1-1|
|Union v Olimpo||2-0|
|Argentinos Juniors v Rafaela||0-0|
|A spectacular strike from Santiago Silva was enough to give Boca the three points necessary to take outright lead in the Clausura, as the Uruguayan netted his first goal in front of his side's home fans on Saturday evening.
After Newell's were held to a draw, the Xeneize knew that a win against the Santafesino visitors would take them back to the summit, one point ahead of Velez Sarsfield. Julio Falcioni's team surged into the lead with 10 minutes left of the first half; a storming run from Walter Erviti got the hosts moving, before Dario Cvitanich's cross was converted by Silva's brilliant volley.
Boca then had to withstand the expulsions of both Juan Manuel Insaurralde and Clemente Rodriguez in a bad-tempered end to the match, but the nine-man home team stood firm and picked up what could prove to be a priceless triumph with just seven games left in the season. Colon meanwhile drop to ninth in the Clausura standings, after a result that all but extinguishes their hopes of lifting the title.
2011 Clausura winners Velez put in an impressive performance to see off the challenge of Estudiantes in La Plata, ensuring their place in the fight for 2012's title thanks to two goals in the first half.
The Fortin knew that a win over the Pincha would make them temporary league leaders thanks to playing the first game of the weekend, and they wasted no time against an Estudiantes team that had slumped to three defeats and a draw in their last four outings. Federico Insua opened the scoring after 22 minutes, with an accomplished finish from close range that gave Andujar no chance.
12 minutes later the advantage was doubled. Juan Manuel Martinez was on target as he nodded in a corner at the near post to put Velez 2-0 up. Ricardo Gareca's men were pegged back to second by Boca's victory, but lie just one point behind as they prepare for Tuesday's Libertadores voyage to Medellin and Atletico Nacional.
||Arsenal de Sarandi
|Ricardo Caruso Lombardi continues unbeaten at the helm of San Lorenzo, as the Cuervo picked up a vital win to further strengthen their bid to escape relegation.
Having picked up a win and two draws since taking over from Leonardo Madelon in April, Caruso was delighted on the sidelines when his team took a first-half lead. A sumptuous cross from Gonzalo Bazan met perfectly with the head of Juan Manuel Salgueiro, and the forward finished well to put San Lorenzo one up on the half hour.
The hosts had plenty of chances to kill off proceedings in Bajo Flores, but profligacy in front of goal raised fears that a late equaliser could cost them all three points, as had happened the previous week against Banfield. Emanuel Gigliotti put those worries to bed, however; minutes after missing a clear opportunity, the former All Boys player made amends by diving in to convert with 10 minutes to go.
The win gives San Lore a four point cushion over Tigre in direct relegation, and their next targets will be Rafaela as they attempt to escape from a promocion play-off at the end of the season.
|Best of the Rest|
|There were mixed fortunes for Avellaneda's two institutions. While Racing Club slumped to a painful defeat away to Lanus, losing 3-1 in a match accompanied throughout by the boos and jeers of away fans to their own players, Independiente had rather better luck in taking down Banfield at home. Osmar Ferreyra and Ernesto Farias both hit the net in a 2-0 win that lifted the Rojo to eight place, while their neighbourhood rivals languish in 17th.
Elsewhere, a 1-1 draw for Tigre away to Belgrano meant the Matador fell back down into direct relegation trouble, thanks to a crucial clasico win for San Martin de San Juan. In Facundo Sava's first game as coach, the club triumphed 1-0 at home to Cuyo rivals Godoy Cruz to leapfrog Tigre at the bottom.
|The Good, the Bad & the Ugly...|
|Hero of the Week
After a pitiful start to the Clausura, the fact Independiente lie in eighth can only be attributed to the marvellous work carried out by Cristian Diaz. The rookie coach took over a side with four straight defeats, but victory over Banfield means that he has lost just one in eight at the helm, with five victories that have rocketed the Rojo up the table.
Zero of the Week
No-one from Racing's capitulation at the hands of Lanus came away with much credit from Friday's defeat. Midfielder Patricio Toranzo was the worst of the bunch, however; and not only was the ex-Huracan man whistled off the pitch, a small group of fans turned up to the La Academia training ground on Monday to continue the heckling.
Chant of the Week
"Take off the shirt right now, give it to the Hinchada who will play better!"
Racing fans show that not just Toranzo needs to go, as they implored the players to hand over their kit to the Guardia Imperial barra brava; who, let's be honest, do not come across as particularly athletic aside from a certain adeptness at fist-fighting.