Saturday’s matches started off rather more goal-laden than Friday’s two had been, with five each in the first two games of the afternoon. The last two, though, shared only one goal between them – and that was an own goal. River Plate succumbed to Estudiantes (a little undeservedly) as a result of it, Facundo Quiroga turning past Juan Marcelo Ojeda. That result combined with Independiente’s later 0-0 draw away to Huracán means Estudiantes are all alone at the top. Earlier, Newell’s Old Boys thrashed Colón 5-0 in El Coloso Del Parque, and Lanús gave Arsenal de Sarandí a 4-1 tonking. You can see all the goals right here, as well as some highlights of Huracán vs Independiente.
For Newell’s Joaquín Boghossian scored twice – one in each half, both from set pieces with his head – to give La Lepra a heavy win against their provincial rivals. Four of Newell’s goals came in the first half and after the break Colón offered little resistance as the hosts kept the ball at arm’s length of their opponents. With this win, Newell’s move a step closer to Copa Sudamericana qualification, and Colón have now gone six away matches without victory.
Newell’s Old Boys 5 – 0 Colón
Lanús have a reputation as an easy-on-the-eye team under Luis Zubeldía, who’s kept up the tradition started by his mentor Ramón Cabrera who won the title back in 2008. With the race for Copa Sudamericana qualification now hotting up though, and the side a little out of form of late, that went out the window as they hit Arsenal with goals from set pieces before the break to take a 2-0 lead. Things then returned to normal as they went three up courtesy of 17-year-old Leandro Díaz, before Luciano Leguizamón scored from an offside position to reduce Arsenal’s deficit. Nélson Carrasco completed the rout late on.
Lanús 4 – 1 Arsenal Fútbol Club
In Quilmes, River again looked much improved on pre-Cappa displays, but didn’t have a cutting edge up front to make what was by and large a dominant performance against Estudiantes show. Ariel Ortega had a running argument with Leandro Desábato throughout, and when Estudiantes took the lead in the first half through Quiroga’s sliced attempt to clear away Enzo Pérez’s cross River couldn’t find enough to muster a comeback, though they went close. Late on tempers frayed and first Daniel Villalva then Gustavo Cabral were dismissed in the space of a minute for two stupid over-the-ball tackles.
Estudiantes de La Plata 1 – 0 River Plate
In Parque Patricios, Independiente couldn’t overcome their hosts Huracán to go back level with Estudiantes at the top of the Clausura standings. Huracán, with little to play for but seeking some defensive solidity following last week’s mauling at the hands of San Lorenzo in the clásico, set out their stall and the would be champions couldn’t break through. It wasn’t all one-way traffic though, and the hosts saw a few good shots fly over or wide. Ignacio Piatti played well and Néstor Silvera missed a good chance late on, but the leadership will remain with Estudiantes when the round is done.
Huracán 0 – 0 Independiente
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