Boca Juniors and Estudiantes were both held to draws on Saturday, allowing River Plate to stretch their lead at the top if they could beat champions Lanús away on Sunday – which they managed courtesy of a brilliant strike from teenage forward Diego Buonanotte, and a penalty save from Juan Pablo Carrizo. Sunday saw two six-goal games, Gimnasia’s home win over Olimpo and San Lorenzo demolishing Tigre in La Victoria. For Los Santos, Juan Carlos Menseguez scored a hat-trick, including two in the opening ten minutes. And… wait for it… there was no violence this weekend!
Primera División A Torneo Clausura 2008, ninth round:
Vélez Sársfield (F. Coria 71, OFF 79) 1 – 1 Racing Club (L. Avalos 57; C. Yacob OFF 83)
San Martín de San Juan (M. Pacheco 3; M. Bravo 86) 2 – 0 Huracán (O. Zarif OFF 72; C. Ubeda (manager) OFF 87; C. Guerra OFF 90)
Arsenal de Sarandí 0 – 0 Estudiantes de La Plata
Rosario Central 0 – 1 Newell’s Old Boys (S. Salcedo 41)
Boca Juniors (M. Palermo 58) 1 – 1 Banfield (L. Civelli 16)
Independiente (G. Denis 80) 1 – 3 Colón de Santa Fé (Diego Chitzoff 24; S. Romero 26; D. Gandín 46; A. Mohamed (manager) OFF H.T.)
Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata (D. Alonso 35, 69; F. Domínguez 90+1; R. Salvatierra 90+5) 4 – 2 Olimpo de Bahía Blanca (J.L. Ulloa 42, OFF 71; D. Barrado 90)
Argentinos Juniors (G. Hauche 73) 1 – 1 Gimnasia y Esgrima de Jujuy (J. Luna 73)
Lanús 0 – 1 River Plate (D. Buonanotte 68)
Tigre (M. Giménez 29; M. Galmarini OFF 40) 1 – 5 San Lorenzo de Almagro (J.C. Menseguez 3, 10, 47; A. Torres 40; D. Bilos 61)
The league table won’t be updated until Wednesday night this week, but these results leave River top with 21 points, Estudiantes second with 20 (if the match against Racing has been put through as an official result now), Boca third on 17, and San Martín fourth on 16. Racing and Gimnasia de Jujuy still have yet to win in 2008 and whilst Central climb out, La Academia have dropped into the playoff zone in the Promedio.