There were no winners from Sunday’s matches in the Primera División – literally. One 0-0 and three 1-1s do not an exciting day of football make, but there were a couple of talking points. Matías Almeyda played for River Plate on the eighteenth anniversary of his debut for the first team, and was sent off as Arsenal took their first ever point at the Monumental. In Mendoza, Martín Palermo scored his fourth goal in five matches to rescue a point for Boca Juniors against Godoy Cruz, and continue the debate about whether Diego Maradona should include him in the World Cup squad (Maradona’s announced he’ll take six forwards to South Africa). Banfield vs Central finished goalless, and Atlético Tucumán vs Argentinos Juniors was the other 1-1 draw. You can see all six goals here.
River Plate 1 – 1 Arsenal Fútbol Club
Atlético Tucumán 1 – 1 Argentinos Juniors
Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba 1 – 1 Boca Juniors
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Funny Palermo. It looked as though he could have scored that goal in the midst of smoking a cigarette and draining a coffee. Easy.
I just can’t get over the complete aura of failure that surrounds River these days. They’ve been run as a club worse than Enron, and it has now manifested itself in results.