Clausura: Vélez top with Lanús close behind after a riveting evening

Juan Manuel Martínez celebrates a brilliant opener for Vélez

Argentinos Juniors and Estudiantes de La Plata played out a dull 0-0 draw in La Paternal on Monday evening, but the best entertainment of the night was, fittingly, to come later, when all of the top three were in action in the remaining two matches of the 17th round of the 2011 Torneo Clausura. In Avellaneda, where Independiente hosted second-placed Lanús, the Granate got a 2-1 away win to keep up the pressure on the other two. Meanwhile over in Liniers, league leaders Vélez were seeing off third-placed Godoy Cruz 2-0 to stay top thanks to two stonking golazos. Juan Manuel Martínez got the first, and David Ramírez the second in stoppage time, against his old club. All Monday’s goals – and all the weekend’s scores and goalscorers – are right here as usual.

Primera División Torneo Clausura 2011, seventeenth round
Arsenal Fútbol Club (M. Obolo 37; L. López 42) 2 – 0 Club Olimpo
Banfield (F. Ferreyra 7; M. Bustamante 84; G. Méndez 90+1) 3 – 1 All Boys (M. Matos 4; C. Casteglione OFF 86)
Newell’s Old Boys vs San Lorenzo de Almagro – postponed
Quilmes Atlético Club (M. Caruzzo 26; D. Gerlo 42) 2 – 2 Boca Juniors (M. Palermo 62; C. Chávez 66)
Club de Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata (J. Córdoba OFF 90+1) 0 – 0 Racing Club
Huracán (G. Machín 36; J. Cámpora 39, 49) 3 – 2 Tigre (M. Echeverría 43; E. González 63)
River Plate (L. Caruso 81) 1 – 1 Colón (E. Fuertes 57)
Asociación Atlética Argentinos Juniors 0 – 0 Club Estudiantes de La Plata
Vélez Sarsfield (J.M. Martínez 64; D. Ramírez 90) 2 – 0 Club Deportivo Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba
Independiente (M. Velázquez 80) 1 – 2 Lanús (D. Valeri 11; M. Regueiro 74)

Vélez 2 – 0 Godoy Cruz

Independiente 1 – 2 Lanús

These results leave Vélez top of the Torneo Clausura with 33 points, and Lanús on 32. Godoy Cruz are five behind Vélez, on 28; if just one of the top two win in the next round, Godoy will be out of the title race. The tables – Clausura, relegation promedio and Copa Sudamericana qualification – have been updated over on the HEGS Tables page, of course.

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