Inicial 2012: Vélez leapfrog Newell’s at top, River back to winning ways & Stracqualursi nets two (video)

Newell’s Old Boys finally lost their grip on the leadership of the 2012 Torneo Inicial title race on Friday, after they were held 0-0 by Quilmes in Rosario, after which Vélez Sarsfield beat Godoy Cruz 2-1 with a double from Facundo ‘Chucky’ Ferreyra (this came after a hat trick for Chucky last week away to Arsenal de Sarandí). On Saturday, San Lorenzo got their first win of the Juan Antonio Pizzi managerial era, 4-0 at home to All Boys, with former Everton striker Denis Stracqualursi bagging a brace. River Plate got back to winning ways as Rodrigo Mora scored two to help them to a 2-0 win over Unión in the Monumental, and Estudiantes de La Plata also had a two-goal hero; Duván Zapata, who along with Román Martínez dragged his side back from a goal down to get a 3-1 win over Atlético Rafaela. All the goals are here.

Belgrano 0 – 0 Argentinos (rather low quality highlights)

Newell’s 0 – 0 Quilmes (some slightly less grainy highlights)

Vélez Sarsfield 2 – 1 Godoy Cruz

This win, combined with the two points Newell’s had just dropped against Quilmes, means Vélez go top of the Inicial standings by one point ahead of the rosarinos.

San Lorenzo 4 – 0 All Boys

The Stracq Attack’s double (his are the first and third goals here) helped San Lorenzo get three crucial points in their fight against relegation – for the moment, though, they’re still in the drop zone in the relegation table.

River 2 – 0 Unión

Rodrigo Mora’s two goals helped River to this win against rock-bottom Unión, who are still without a win this season, now after fourteen games. About his second, Mora insisted the touch (or lack thereof) to take the ball past the goalkeeper was deliberate, but admitted his team-mates didn’t believe him when he told them after the game.

Estudiantes 3 – 1 Rafaela

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