The sixth round of the Torneo Final is already four fifths done. Sorry about that – I’ve had a fun-filled weekend. But although there aren’t loads of goals to show you, the results have been interesting. First, Unión surprisingly beat Tigre on Friday night, then San Lorenzo got a vital away win over Colón. On Sunday, leaders Lanús got an away win over Godoy Cruz and River Plate failed to keep in touch with them just afterwards, losing 1-0 away to Newell’s Old Boys thanks to a brilliant individual goal from Ignacio Scocco (who else?). In the evening, Boca Juniors were held 1-1 in La Bombonera by Argentinos Juniors. All those goals, and those from the weekend’s other games, are right here.
Tigre 1 – 2 Unión
Andrés Franzoia scored twice – once either side of half time – to give the visitors a 2-0 lead in Victoria, and although Tigre pulled one back through a Matías Pérez García penalty with over half an hour to go, they couldn’t make it count. Unión remain bottom of the relegation zone, but their fans might be just starting to hope, given their recent form…
Colón 0 – 1 San Lorenzo
When it looked like San Lorenzo might be sucked down into the relegation battle, a higher power intervened. Pope Francis’ prayers clearly worked as goalkeeper Pablo Migliore put in a superb performance and San Lorenzo – who had to play with ten men for an hour after Mauro Cetto’s 32nd minute red card – got a 1-0 win thanks to Rubén Ramírez’s own goal with sixteen minutes to play.
Quilmes 0 – 0 Independiente.
What to say about this game? It was awful. Quilmes remain just above the relegation zone, and Independiente remain in it.
Godoy Cruz 0 – 1 Lanús
Neither of these sides – third and first going into the weekend – played especially well, but that actually made for a thoroughly entertaining match, with chances at both ends and some decent moments in midfield. Lanús got the only goal midway through the first half through left back Carlos Izquierdoz.
Newell’s Old Boys 1 – 0 River Plate
Another entertaining game saw Ignacio Scocco score the only goal with a brilliant piece of individualism ten minutes before the break. Late on, River thought they’d got an equaliser, but after protests from Newell’s, Carlos Luna’s goal was ruled out for hand ball. The decision was correct, but the process leading up to it – which took such a long time that some suspect fourth officials viewing TV replays – might cause a few talking points. Oh, okay; will cause a few talking points. The first video below is Scocco’s golazo; the second is Luna’s disallowed equaliser.
Racing 1 – 1 Belgrano
A pretty even match in which Mauro Camoranesi scored early in the first half for the hosts, and Jorge Velázquez even earlier in the second for the visitors.
Vélez Sarsfield 1 – 1 Estudiantes de La Plata
Played at the same time as Racing v Belgrano, this one saw Vélez take the lead just over half an hour in through Federico Insúa, and Estudiantes get an equaliser with twelve minutes left through Leandro Benítez – the point might just help Diego Cagna hang on as Estudiantes manager a little longer.
Boca Juniors 1 – 1 Argentinos Juniors
Good grief, did I really sit through this? There have been many fantastic games so far in this Torneo Final. This was certainly not one of them. The first half saw one chance for Boca – a penalty – and two for Argentinos. Boca’s went in (Santiago Silva scored it), as did one of Argentinos’ two (bundled in seconds before the break by Matías Martínez from a corner). In the second half, nothing happened. What’s that? You want more detail? There is no more detail. I really mean nothing happened. It was one of the rare occasions on which I think that yes, actually what I do for a living might qualify as work.