Apertura 2011: Rafaela go top, All Boys shock Vélez & more (video)

Rafaela's fans celebrate as their team go top of the Primera

Friday and Saturday’s matches in the 2011 Torneo Apertura saw a few interesting results. None more so than in Liniers, where All Boys claimed their second away win over Vélez Sarsfield since promotion last year, winning 1-0. Atlético Rafaela beat Olimpo 3-1 to take the lead in the fledgling Apertura table with nine points, capitalising after Lanús had dropped more points in a 0-0 draw with Tigre. On Friday Estudiantes took a two goal lead against San Martín, then let it slip to draw 2-2, Racing and Arsenal de Sarandí drew 0-0 in El Cilindro, and Godoy Cruz finally won, against hapless Banfield, 1-0. All the goals are right here, as well as those from River Plate’s 3-1 win over Desamparados de San Juan in the Nacional B.

Primera División Torneo Apertura

Godoy Cruz 1 – 0 Banfield

Estudiantes 2 – 2 San Martín

Rafaela 3 – 1 Olimpo

Vélez 0 – 1 All Boys

Nacional B 2011-12

River Plate 3 – 1 Desamparados

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7 thoughts on “Apertura 2011: Rafaela go top, All Boys shock Vélez & more (video)

    1. Because the Monumental has been closed for five matches as punishment for the riots after River’s relegation in June. The first two of those matches are to be played behind closed doors, as well.

    1. @Johan-there was a delay in the AFA’s decision to punish River, so the punishment came into effect after the Chaca match. Just more AFA wobbling.

  1. That was before the punishment was inflicted on them by the AFA. Grondona’s mysterious ways of doing things. Maybe Sam can explain more why it took them all this time to come up with a punishment. Busy with the Copa America maybe?

  2. I don’t know why AFA took so long, but when they eventually did get around to discussing it, they decided the trouble was not the club’s fault so much as the fault of the security authorities (an opinion which is borne out by the people I’ve talked to who were at the match – a listen to the Hand Of Pod Apertura preview with Joel Richards as guest will explain why). As such it became a decision for the government to make, and the government didn’t want to make a decision before the primary elections for the presidency had been held, in case it affected them there (God knows why because they can’t seriously have thought that fewer than 400,000 people nationwide would have voted for them had they punished River beforehand). The Chacarita match was played two days after those elections, so in the absence of a decision until then River simply started selling tickets and arranging to play it at the Monumental. The punishment was handed down the following day.

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