The Rosario side are sole leaders after a fantastic victory against Union, while 10 man Boca could not overcome the Fortin at home and drop to second with five games left
Argentina Clausura Results:
|Friday MAY 11
||Sunday MAY 13
|San Martin (SJ) - Arsenal de Sarandi||1-4||Lanus - Banfield||2-1|
|Estudiantes - Godoy Cruz||1-0||Colon - Tigre||1-1|
|Argentinos Jrs - Racing Club||1-2|
||Boca Juniors - Velez Sarsfield||0-0|
| Saturday MAY 12
|Newell's Old Boys - Union||3-1|
|Independiente - All Boys||0-3|
|Belgrano - Rafaela||1-1|
|San Lorenzo - Olimpo||1-1|
|The weekend's showpiece match between the reigning Apertura and Clausura champions and Argentina's two Copa Libertadores survivors ultimately ended in a stalemate. Boca were forced to play 50 minutes with 10 men following Facundo Roncaglia's expulsion, but held on for a point that nevertheless sees Newell's Old Boys move clear at the top of the table. Read the full match report here.|
|Newell's Old Boys
Gerardo Martino's imperious Newell's side moved two points clear at the Clausura summit with an impressive win over their Santa Fe province rivals Union, as the Lepra extended their unbeaten run to 10 games to increase dreams of the championship returning to Rosario.
The home side could not have asked for a better start, taking the lead after just five minutes. A rapid counter attack spearheaded by Pablo Perez ended at the feet of Victor Figueroa, and the forward finished with class to put his team ahead. A wicked cross-shot from Santiago Vergini added the second, before Maxi Urruti's sixth goal of the season put Newell's 3-0 up before half time.
Union were given a glimmer of hope through Matias Donnet's strike after the break, but Newell's showed enough resolve to keep out their rivals and cruise to three more points. The Lepra now have 28 points from their 14 games, and with five to play must be dreaming of a first league success since 2004.
|San Martin de San Juan
||Arsenal de Sarandi
|Facundo Sava's coaching honeymoon ended with a crushing defeat in front of San Martin's own fans, as the relegation battlers were comprehensively beaten by an Arsenal side relentless in their pursuit of a first-ever national title.
Having won his first two games on the bench since taking over in San Juan, Sava could only watch as his team were outplayed by the excellent Arse. Emilio Zelaya opened the scoring from the penalty spot with just four minutes on the clock, before Damian Perez doubled the advantage before half time.
San Martin suffered even more after the break, when Nicolas Aguirre netted his side's third with a diving close-range finish. Sebastian Penco gave some relief to the hosts, but the rout was completed when young Colombian star Carlos Carbonero coolly finished to round off a 4-1 win. Arsenal now lie fourth in the Clausura, three points behind leaders Newell's.
|Best of the Rest|
|A poignant Clasico del Sur ended in victory for Lanus, who heaped more relegation worries on local rivals Banfield. A minute's silence was impeccably observed before the game to honour tragic Banfield youngster Lautaro Bugatto, who was shot dead by a policeman; but his side went down to strikes from Diego Braghieri and Mariano Pavone who led the home side to a 2-1 win.
Elsewhere in the fight to avoid the Nacional B, San Lorenzo and Tigre were both held to draws which do little to ease the fears of either side. The Cuervo needed a 93rd minute strike from Emanuel Gigliotti to salvage a draw from Olimpo, who recorded just their eighth point of the season to stay rooted to the bottom. Tigre, meanwhile, played over 70 minutes with a man less but held on for a 1-1 tie with Colon, after Carlos Luna cancelled out Sebastian Prediger's early opener.
Estudiantes recorded their first win in eight matches thanks to solitary goal against Godoy Cruz, while off-field tension in Independiente wa reflected in a timid surrender on it. The Rojo avoided trouble with the barra brava in their own stadium, but fell to a 3-0 reverse at the hands of All Boys that leaves them in 14th.
|The Good, the Bad & the Ugly...|
Hero of the Week
His team may have faltered on Saturday, but Independiente president Javier Cantero deserves all the applause he gets. The new Rojo chief continues his fight to remove the 'Diablos Rojos' hooligans from the club boardroom, ignoring threats and pressure from the group in order to cut the financial umbilical cord that has existed for years.
Zero of the Week
The red card may or may not have been a tad harsh, but there is no doubt that Facundo Roncaglia's clumsy, stupid challenge to get himself sent off against Velez put Boca in a tight corner, and hindered the Xeneize's efforts to pull level with Newell's at the top of the pile. Not clever, Facu.
Schadenfreude of the Week
Their rival barra's woes in Independiente have certainly put a spring in the step of Racing's own hooligans, the 'Guardia Imperial'. 'We've got to jump, we've got to jump, Somos Nosotros don't exist any more', rang out in an otherwise disappointing 2-1 defeat to Argentinos, referring to one of the signature phrases of the 'Diablos Rojos' as they cling to their status in the red half of Avellaneda.