The thirteenth round of the 2011 Torneo Apertura sees the league leaders host their closest pursuers, as Boca Juniors welcome promoted Atlético de Rafaela to La Bombonera, and look to open an even bigger lead in the table than they’ve already got. Godoy Cruz visit Lanús in potentially the most entertaining match of the weekend, and Unión host Tigre in a crucial relegation battle. All the kick off times and referees are below, and you can use the player right here to listen to the latest episode of Hand Of Pod, the internet’s finest English-language Argentine football podcast, in preparation for it all.
All kick off times are local. Add four hours for British Summer Time, or three for Greenwich Mean Time (Europeans, in case you’re not aware, you turn your clocks back at 2am your time on Sunday morning).
Primera División Torneo Apertura 2011, thirteenth round
Asociación Atlética Argentinos Juniors v Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield (Sat, 15:05; referees by D. Abal)
Club Atlético Newell’s Old Boys v Club Olimpo (Sat, 19:15; L. Álvarez)
Club Atlético Independiente v Arsenal Fútbol Club (Sat, 21:15; S. Pezzotta)
Club Atlético Lanús v Club Deportivo Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba (Sun, 14:00; C. Maglio)
Club Atlético San Lorenzo de Almagro v Club Atlético All Boys – postponed
Club Atlético Boca Juniors v Asociación Mutual Social y Deportiva Atlético de Rafaela (Sun, 18:10; P. Lunati)
Club Atlético Belgrano v Club Atlético Colón (Sun, 20:20; S. Laverni)
Club Atlético Unión de Santa Fe v Club Atlético Tigre (Mon, 17:00; F. Beligoy)
Club Estudiantes de La Plata v Racing Club (Mon, 19:05; P. Loustau)
Club Atlético San Martín v Club Atlético Banfield (Mon, 21:15; S. Trucco)
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