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.