Clausura ’08: Round 1 scores and scorers

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River Plate were the only one of the ‘Big Five’ to win on the opening weekend of the Clausura, with Racing and Boca both drawing and San Lorenzo and Independiente both crashing to defeats. Carlos Ischia’s introduction to competitive action was spoiled by a club he used to manage, as Central proved ungenerous hosts to his Boca side, but Diego Simeone saw his team win well in the second half after a complicated first against Gimnasia de Jujuy. Independiente, meanwhile, lost to champions Lanús by a solitary goal – a far cry from the 5-3 victory they got on the opening weekend of the Apertura.

Primera División A Torneo Clausura 2008, first round
San Lorenzo de Almagro (J. Ortíz OFF 4) 0 – 2 Newell’s Old Boys (N. Spolli 52; S. Salcedo 73; M. Donnet OFF 63)
Estudiantes de La Plata (E. Maggiolo 1; P. Piatti 8 ) 2 – 1 Banfield (D. Cvitanich 59; J. M. Llop OFF 61)
San Martín de San Juan (M. Bravo 58; M. Pacheco 62) 2 – 0 Argentinos Juniors (M. Mirosevic OFF 38)
Tigre (M. Morel 84; G. Suárez 87) 2 – 1 Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata (I. Piatti 3; S. Gentiletti OFF 31)
Vélez Sársfield (G. Balvorín 17, 54; S. Silva 22; M. Uglessich 27; P. Lima OFF 73) 4 – 3 Colón de Santa Fé (P. Aguilar 34; D. Gandín 83; A. Capurro 90+4)
Racing Club (F. Sava 84) 1 – 1 Olimpo de Bahía Blanca (J. Páez 34)
Lanús (L. Gioda OG 50) 1 – 0 Independiente
Rosario Central (C. ‘Kily’ González 84) 1 – 1 Boca Juniors (R. Palacio 72)
Arsenal de Sarandí (L. Leguizamón 6; J. Calderón 14) 2 – 0 Huracán
River Plate (M. Abelairas 48; P. Ferrari 56) 2 – 0 Gimnasia y Esgrima de Jujuy

Attention will now turn, for some clubs, to the Copa Libertadores, whose group stages begin in midweek. San Lorenzo start Group 1 with a visit to Caracas, last season’s conquerors of River, on Tuesday night. Also on Tuesday, Estudiantes visit Deportivo Cuenca in Group 2, with Lanús hosting Danubio on Thursday in the same group. River visit San Martín of Peru on Wednesday to complete the first week of Argentine representation – Boca and Arsenal both begin their campaigns next week.

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3 thoughts on “Clausura ’08: Round 1 scores and scorers

  1. I really recommend you watch RIQUELME’s assist in PALACIO’s goal for Boca. The equalizer by Cristian “Kily” GONZALEZ (former Inter and Valencia) was stunning as well. But that pass between the legs of the Central’s defender was just pure class by Roman.

    Lanús were impressive in the second half against Independiente and they should have scored a few more. Diego VALERI is just amazing.

    ABELAIRAS scored with a great free-kick for River and FERRARI won a header inside Jujuy’s box to secure an easy win for The Millionaires.

    Now that I’m thinking about it, there were a number of quality goals in this first week of action.

    SALCEDO for Newell’s.
    The assist by ARRIETA in Racing’s goal was also very nice.
    And I think Tigre’s second goal was the best of them all. A lovely control by SUAREZ who took it from his right to his left before curling it home to the far post. Brilliant! And even better if you consider it was the winning goal and he scored it with 3 minutes to go.

  2. In a more tragic note, 2 “barrabravas” (hooligans) were stabbed yesterday just before River v. Gimnasia de Jujuy. It was a consequence of another battle for power between the different sections of “Los Borrachos del Tablón” (River’s mob).

    At Rosario, Rosario Central arguably gave Boca 4.400 tickets for sale but it was evident there were a lot more supporters in the away section by the time the match kicked off.

    As a consequence, fans had to break one lateral fence and try to jump to another section in which they could at least breathe some fresh air. This situation went on for about the entire first half and it was “solved” during the half-time.

  3. The standing areas are, to me, what gives Argentine football its unique atmosphere, but as at Rosario, there’s always the danger of a Hillsborough like crush, especially in away sections. Aren’t the rules that the away section is supposed to be only 50% full.
    Lanus were superb in the second half against Independiente, best footballing side in the league.
    River should not get carried away, I think Jujuy are the worst side in the division and will get relegated directly. (I think one or both of Olimpo and SM will get into the promocion). Apart from set pieces, Jujuy created nothing, yet River almost presented them with a goal before they themselves scored.
    Newell’s away will be a tough test, what a great game in prospect. Will Ortega be playing?

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