The third round of the Torneo Apertura 2009 has been written in zeros, ones and twos so far, with Boca Juniors getting a second home draw of the season, 1-1 against Newell’s Old Boys, to add to the 0-0, 2-2 and 2-0 scorelines seen in the first five matches of the round. Lucas Viatri opened the scoring for Boca after a handled assist from new boys Guillermo Marino, but Newell’s struck back with a fine volley from Leonel Vangioni.
Juan Román Riquelme played for Boca after missing the first two matches of the Apertura (one with a suspension, the second with an injury picked up in training), which made up to some extent for Boca losing no fewer than five first team players to the World Cup qualifiers this week. He wasn’t able to exert much influence though, and put for poor finishing Newell’s could have taken a lead into the break. At the same time, a Viatri header which ballooned well over the bar was all Boca could create.
In the second half the home side came out stronger, with Riquelme improving and Marino putting in a couple of range finders, and in the 56th minute the goal arrived. The ball was sent over from the left and Marino climbed higher than his marker to knock the ball down for Viatri, who converted easily. Replays showed that Marino had knocked the ball down to the young striker with his hand, but the goal stood.
Minutes later, though, Newell’s were level after Roberto Abbondanzieri dealt poorly with a high centre and Vangioni shaped himself well to send a volley crashing into the top corner from eight yards out. Newell’s probably deserved a bit more after that, but weren’t able to find it as Boca closed the game out. They’re still without a home win this season, but they have to confident that that will change when their internationals come back.
On Wednesday, the relegation clash between Arsenal and Racing finished goalless, not much satisfaction for either side, but Racing boss Ricardo Caruso Lombardi told the press afterwards that, ‘this was the best performance I’ve seen in my time at Racing.’ San Lorenzo and Estudiantes drew 2-2, with the Pincha taking a half time lead through goals from Mauro Boselli and Leandro Benítez, before San Lorenzo rescued it with a golazo from Leandro Romagnoli and an equaliser late on from Sebastián González. Argentinos and Lanús also drew goalless.
Earlier on Thursday meanwhile, the Clausura’s runners-up Huracán continued their poor performances in the post-Pastore-and-Defederico era with a shock 2-0 loss at home to newly-promoted Atlético de Tucumán. Juan Pablo Pereyra and Pablo Calandria scored for the tucumanos, both in the second half. After that, Independiente beat Godoy Cruz 2-0 at home in Lanús’s ground, with Darío Gandín putting them in charge and Ignacio Piatti adding a second late on.