Sunday’s matches saw Racing edge a little further clear of Rosario Central in the promedio thanks to a draw against title-chasing Colón, a few hours after River Plate and Independiente had served up a veritable feast of complete and total bloody incompetence with a second half that saw three – three! – missed penalties (two for the hosts, one for the visitors). Vélez kept the pressure on leaders Lanús with a win over Boca Juniors, and Gimnasia La Plata – fighting for their lives to avoid automatic relegation – beat San Martín by a single goal. All the heroes and villains, right here.
Primera División A Torneo Clausura 2009, fifteenth round:
Arsenal Fútbol Club 0 – 1 Gimnasia y Esgrima de Jujuy (H. Silva 68)
Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba 0 – 2 Tigre (N. Ayala 32; C. Luna 89)
Banfield (M. Bustos OFF 29) 0 – 1 Lanús (M. Velázquez 28)
San Lorenzo de Almagro 0 – 2 Newell’s Old Boys (M. Sperdutti 48; A. Da Silva 62)
Estudiantes de La Plata (E. Pérez 33, 45, 61) 3 – 2 Argentinos Juniors (G. Hauche 46; N. Pavlovich 49)
Rosario Central (I. Moreno y Fabianesi 77; G. Burdisso OFF 9) 1 – 2 Huracán (J. Pastore 7, 65)
River Plate (D. Barrado 29; R.F. García 37) 2 – 0 Independiente
Vélez Sársfield (R. López 61; J. Cristaldo 63) 2 – 0 Boca Juniors (J. Forlín OFF 78)
Colón de Santa Fe 0 – 0 Racing Club (J. Shaffer OFF 86)
San Martín de Tucumán (M. Villavicencio OFF 88) 0 – 1 Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata (E. González 37)
Lanús’s goal against Banfield on Saturday, by the way, has been confirmed as having been scored by Maxi Velázquez, not Pepe Sand as was widely reported when I did the Saturday write-up that night. Argentinos’ 3-2 defeat to Estudiantes has cost manager Claudio Vivas his job, whilst it’s now been confirmed that at Boca, Carlos Ischia will step down at the end of the Clausura. There’s a surprise. Check back, as always, on Monday for the goal videos – these will be online a little earlier than usual this week, because the bank holiday means I won’t be doing my day job.