Sunday’s two clásicos saw two unheralded winners, although given recent form they weren’t, perhaps, huge surprises. Huracán won away to San Lorenzo (in La Bombonera) for the first time in seven years to maintain the pressure at the top thanks to absolutely useless marking at a corner from Diego Simeone’s supposedly solid defence. A few hours later, Racing dished out a second half lesson in football to Boca Juniors, in which even Lucas bloody Castromán scored. Dear oh dear, Carlos Ischia, at least they’re not lining up your replacement alre… oh.
Primera División Torneo Clausura 2009, seventeenth round:
Banfield (S. Silva 9, 48; V. López 28; S. Fernández 39; J. Barraza 64) 5 – 0 Independiente
Colón de Santa Fe (E. Fuertes 45+1; L. Acosta 57) 2 – 0 Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata (R. Sosa (unused substitute) OFF 45+2)
River Plate (R. Flores 39; R.F. García 62; C. Fabbiani 87) 3 – 1 Tigre (L. Lázzaro 1)
Vélez Sársfield (R. López 39; M. Moralez 56) 2 – 0 Newell’s Old Boys (L. Bernardi OFF 41)
Arsenal Fútbol Club (C. Pellerano 7, 24; S. Sena 17; D. Benedetto 90+3) 4 – 1 Lanús (M. Velázquez 26)
Estudiantes de La Plata (M. Boselli 81) 1 – 0 Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba (D. Salomón OFF 68)
San Lorenzo de Almagro 0 – 1 Huracán (P. Goltz 38)
San Martín de Tucumán 0 – 1 Gimnasia y Esgrima de Jujuy (S. Iuvalé 32)
Racing Club (L. Castromán 61; F. Zuculini 64; S. Grazzini 72) 3 – 0 Boca Juniors (S. Battaglia OFF 63)
Rosario Central (P. Lima 60; I. Moreno y Fabianesi 78) 2 – 1 Argentinos Juniors (N. Ortigoza 86)
So Gimnasia de Jujuy were already relegated and with the pressure off, they got a win in Tucumán which piles pressure onto San Martín. Had Argentinos managed a late equaliser against Central, Racing would now be completely safe – as it is they have to make do with knowing they won’t be automatically relegated, and are just that little bit closer to safety from the playoffs.
The league tables will be updated on Monday night for the first time in a couple of rounds, and as usual check back on Monday night for the goal video from the weekend.