Arsenal de Sarandí are the overnight leaders of the Torneo Apertura after beating defending champions Argentinos Juniors 1-0 in Sarandí on Saturday afternoon. The big story, though, is that Boca Juniors have lost again, this time at home to San Lorenzo, whose manager Ramón Díaz has now won three out of the four matches he’s played against Boca as San Lorenzo boss. Elsewhere today, All Boys beat Olimpo – a result that leaves title challengers River Plate in the automatic relegation places for now – and Newell’s Old Boys drew 1-1 with Independiente in Rosario. You can see all the goals right here.
All Boys 1 – 0 Club Olimpo
Boca Juniors 1 – 2 San Lorenzo de Almagro
Arsenal Fútbol Club 1 – 0 Argentinos Juniors
Newell’s Old Boys 1 – 1 Independiente
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It’s clear after watching Boca’s latest loss that Mouche must be in the starting eleven. Presently, he is the only attacking player Boca has with sufficient pace and creativity to break down the defense. Canate might be another such player when he gets fit. So, assuming Mouche starts, who do you sit ? Viatri or Palermo ? As slow and old as he is, for me, Palermo still should start. Viatri, despite his two goals so far, messes up way too many opportunities for the team with his inability to control the ball and horrible passes.
Gary Medel is a fine player, but with even more rash challenges and tackles yesterday than usual. A deserved sending off. Good thing Battaglia is back. He was all over the pitch yesterday.
Watching the Boca highlights, I wonder – why do they allow both teams to wear dark kits? Happens all the time in Argentina, and almost nowhere else in the world.