The clásico was a bit of a damp squib in the end: River and San Lorenzo didn’t exactly serve up a poor match, but it wasn’t a great one either and the one talking point was the undisputed foul of the weekend, a flying studs-up kick by San Lorenzo defender Sebastián Méndez right in the middle of River striker Radamel Falcao García’s back which was the last action of the game and earned him a well-deserved red card. Falcao, mercifully, was uninjured. Elsewhere Boca adjusted to life without Martín Palermo pretty well, youngster Osvaldo Gaitán bagging a brace – although they were only playing Huracán. Estudiantes, Vélez and Lanús all won, the latter coming from 2-0 down thanks to a José Sand hat-trick. The story of the weekend, though, was at La Paternal where no-one was quite sure what was the bigger surprise: that Argentinos lost, after one year and four days unbeaten at home; or that Racing won, after – seemingly – almost as long.
Primera División A Torneo Apertura 2008, fourth round:
Tigre (M. Morel 61; N. Paparatto OFF 86) 1 – 2 San Martín de Tucumán (M. Turdó 13; R. Leone 66)
Lanús (J. Sand 37, 47, 63; D. Valeri OFF 72) 3 – 2 Gimnasia y Esgrima de Jujuy (C. Carranza 30; F. Pieters 33)
Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba (I. Borghello 47) 1 – 3 Vélez Sársfield (W. Ponce 35; H. López 42; J. M. Martínez 85)
Colón de Santa Fe (A. Capurro 11; P. Aguilar OFF 89) 1 – 1 Newell’s Old Boys (J. C. Ferreyra 88)
Rosario Central 0 – 0 Banfield
Argentinos Juniors 0 – 1 Racing Club (L. González 14)
Estudiantes de La Plata (J. S. Verón 21; J. L. Calderón 82) 2 – 0 Arsenal Fútbol Club
Huracán 0 – 3 Boca Juniors (L. Viatri 9; O. Gaitán 76, 88)
River Plate 0 – 0 San Lorenzo de Almagro (G. Voboril OFF 88; S. Méndez OFF 90+2)
Independiente (L. Núñez 23; D. Ledesma OFF 63) 1 – 1 Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata (F. Niell 46; E. González OFF 80)
As ever, check back later on Monday for the weekly goal video.