Apertura 2011: Godoy Cruz hit six, Tigre down Estudiantes & Racing scrape a win (video)

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Racing's barra unveil the biggest flag in the world ahead of their 1-0 win over Olimpo de Bahía Blanca

Saturday’s Torneo Apertura matches saw some vastly differing margins of victory. To start off, Godoy Cruz fell a goal down and were thoroughly second best for the first half hour of their match against All Boys, before roaring back to win 6-1. Thereafter Tigre won 3-1 away to Estudiantes de La Plata, comfortably enough, and then Racing barely scraped a 1-0 win over Olimpo in a match they would have won easily had Teo Gutiérrez put away more chances than just the first half penalty he almost missed. In Nacional B, River Plate dropped points for the second game in a row. A Rogelio Funes Mori goal – his first in two days short of one year – saved them at the end, in a 2-2 draw with Defensa y Justicia. All the goals can be seen right here.

Primera División Torneo Apertura 2011

Godoy Cruz 6 – 1 All Boys

Estudiantes 1 – 3 Tigre

Racing 1 – 0 Olimpo

Nacional B 2011-12

River Plate 2 – 2 Defensa y Justicia

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4 thoughts on “Apertura 2011: Godoy Cruz hit six, Tigre down Estudiantes & Racing scrape a win (video)

    1. River’s stadium was closed for five matches by the government, as punishment for the rioting which followed their relegation in June. The first two of those matches were to be played behind closed doors (this was the second). The first was played at Huracán, and the others were expected to be played there as well, but they moved to San Lorenzo. According to an Huracán director, this was because San Lorenzo offered to charge River less for the ground rental.

      River will now play three more matches at San Lorenzo, with fans allowed in.

      1. Sorry Sam another question, am I right in thinking that travelling supports are banned in Nacional B (not too sure where I might have read that)?

        1. They used to be. After Independiente Rivadavia’s president opened one side of the Estadio Malvinas Argentinas in Mendoza for ‘neutral’ fans for River’s visit in the second round, the AFA was forced to climb down. Clubs with stadiums capable of hosting them are now allowed to let visiting fans in again. Clubs with stadiums that can’t take visiting fans are likely in many cases to relocate their home match against River to a stadium that can. Deportivo Merlo, for instance, are talking about playing their home game with River in Racing’s stadium.

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