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Huracán have continued their upward spiral this weekend, visiting Tigre in Victoria and coming away with a 2-1 victory to make it two wins on the trot and keep them in with a realistic shot at the qualification spots for next year’s Copas. Tigre aren’t the force they were in the Apertura, and although Diego Castaño equalised midway through the second half, Andrés Franzoia’s double either side of that proved enough.

Elsewhere Argentinos brushed Gimnasia aside 2-0 in their first home match of the campaign, after two straight defeats on the road (to San Martín and Boca) in their previous matches. Milovan Mirosevic and Alvari Pereira got the goals, both in the second half, to get El Bicho‘s 2008 finally up and running.

A heated match in Rosario saw Central run out victorious against Independiente, with Colombian Martín Arzuaga scoring twice, early in each half. It’s a vital win in Central’s efforts to avoid relegation and came in spite of a sending-off on each side; Leonardo Borzani walked on the hour for the hosts, but Carlos Matheu followed with eight minutes left for El Rojo.

The real contrasts of the day are for Racing and Vélez Sársfield, though. La Academia still can’t do anything right, this time drawing 0-0 at home to Gimnasia de Jujuy, in spite of having had good chances to win (and, indeed, lose) the game. Racing fans may not like this, but their opponents today are getting very close to being direct rivals in the fight against the drop. Vélez, meanwhile, continued their perfect start to the Clausura with a 3-0 win over Banfield in Liniers. Sergio Sena struck just before half-time, Santiago Silva doubled the lead shortly after the restart and Gustavo Balvorín wrapped it up with quarter-of-an-hour remaining. Hugo Tocalli’s boys draw level with Estudiantes at the top of the table.

Sunday sees Arsenal take on Olimpo and San Martín host Boca, but before both those matches is the Clausura’s first big clásico, River vs. San Lorenzo in the Monumental. Ramón Díaz and Andrés D’Alessandro return to their former ground and will be desperate, at least, to finally score a goal if nothing else.

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