Apertura 2011: Boca win, Rafaela return to the top, & champs Vélez lose again (video)

With a quarter of the championship gone, Rafaela still lead

Sunday’s matches in the Torneo Apertura began with another dull goalless draw, as Argentinos failed to find a way past San Martín in San Juan. Thereafter, though, things got a bit more interesting, with Atlético Rafaela beating Unión 1-0 away to return to the top of the table, and Boca Juniors winning by the same scoreline, also away, in the clásico against Independiente. The round was wrapped up with a second straight defeat for Vélez Sarsfield, who lost a thrilling match 2-1 away to Olimpo in Bahía Blanca. The goals from those matches, as well as all the weekend’s scores and scorers, are right here.

Primera División Torneo Apertura 2011, fifth round
Club Atlético Newell’s Old Boys 0 – 0 Club Atlético Colón (A. Bastía OFF 72; I. Quilez OFF 90+2)
Club Atlético Tigre (M. Echeverría 31) 1 – 0 Club Atlético Banfield
Club Atlético San Lorenzo de Almagro 0 – 1 Club Atlético Belgrano (C. Mansanelli 39; G. Farré OFF 82)
Arsenal Fútbol Club (M. Obolo 90+3) 1 – 2 Club Deportivo Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba (A. Navarro 53; R. Ramírez 90+2)
Club Atlético All Boys 0 – 0 Racing Club (M. Martínez OFF 72)
Club Atlético Lanús (M. Regueiro 13; S. Romero 29) 2 – 1 Club Estudiantes de La Plata (M. González 28)
Club Atlético San Martín 0 – 0 Asociación Atlética Argentinos Juniors
Club Atlético Unión (J.P. Cárdenas OFF 87) 0 – 1 Asociación Mutual Social y Deportiva Atlético de Rafaela (J.P. Cárdenas OG 18)
Club Atlético Independiente 0 – 1 Club Atlético Boca Juniors (R. Schiavi 49)
Club Olimpo (M. Rolle 10; N. Bareiro 70) 2 – 1 Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield (G. Franco 39)

Unión 0 – 1 Rafaela

Juan Pablo Cárdenas surely wins the Villain Of The Weekend award (if such a thing exists) for his performance in this match; an own goal and a red card. Nice going.

Independiente 0 – 1 Boca

Olimpo 2 – 1 Vélez

Anyone wondering when I’m going to put up this season’s league tables, worry not. I’ve not forgotten about them; I’m just waiting until everyone’s played the same number of matches. On Wednesday, Independiente play San Martín de San Juan in the match that was postponed (due to Independiente’s participation in the Suruga Bank friendly in Japan) from the first round. After that game, I’ll update the Tables page.

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