Clausura 2012: Boca and Rafaela draw in a breathtaking finale, Racing beat Estudiantes with a great goal & more (video)

There have been a few weekends low on drama during the 2012 Clausura. This hasn’t been one of them. Sunday’s matches provided plenty of excitement, not least in Avellaneda and Rafaela. First, Lanús beat Godoy Cruz 1-0 in Mendoza and All Boys drew 0-0 with San Lorenzo. Newell’s Old Boys then beat Olimpo 2-1 away, to go top of the table alone for a couple of hours. At the same time as that match, in Avellaneda, Racing beat Estudiantes 2-0 with a goal of absolute genius at the death from Gio Moreno after a nervy second half. The final game of the day saw Boca Juniors and Atlético Rafaela enter stoppage time at 1-1, and end up with a 2-2 draw after a Rafaela penalty and an amazing overhead kick from Boca’s Nicolás Blandi. All those goals are here, along with those from Rosario Central’s 3-0 win over Huracán in Nacional B.

Torneo Clausura 2012

Godoy Cruz 0 – 1 Lanús

Lanús claimed this win to move into the top half of the Clausura table, thanks to an early goal from César Carranza. They did so whilst resting a fair few first team players, since the match took place in between the two legs of Lanús last sixteen Copa Libertadores tie. After a dreadful first few months of the campaign, could they be returning to form now?

Racing 2 – 0 Estudiantes

Martín Zuccarelli took charge of Estudiantes for this match due to Juan Manuel Azconzábal standing down last weekend. They looked rudderless throughout, but were still the better side for the first half hour, largely because Racing kept losing possession. The hosts took the lead in the thirty-eighth minute though, midway through a spell of dominance at the end of the first half. The second half became increasingly nervy as Estudiantes continued to press even after Rodrigo Braña had been sent off with five minutes to go, but right at the end substitute Gio Moreno finally contributed something to Racing’s cause this year with a sublime goal to kill the game off. Racing climb to sixteenth as a result; this is their second win in three league games under Luis Zubeldía.

Olimpo 1 – 2 Newell’s

Newell’s fell behind away to Olimpo, but came back to win and go top of the table for a couple of hours; following Boca’s draw (below) they’re now joint top with them, on 25 points each.

Rafaela 2 – 2 Boca

Boca took the lead through Pablo Mouche during a bad-tempered first half, but Rafaela got an equaliser through Fabricio Fontanini just before the hour mark. With the game still at 1-1 in the final minute, four minutes of stoppage time were announced; with thirty seconds of that time to go, Rafaela were (correctly) awarded a penalty. They proceeded to take so long to take (and celebrate) it that the referee was obliged to add on another minute or two, during which Rafaela’s concentration slipped and Nico Blandi scored a quite brilliant overhead kick to make it 2-2. Rafaela afterwards complained that the referee had played too much stoppage time, conveniently forgetting that: 1) they scored during it, so it was reasonable for it to be added on, and 2) the stoppage time announced at the end of ninety minutes is a minimum, not a maximum.

Nacional B, 2011-12

Rosario Central 3 – 0 Huracán

Central beat Huracán 3-0 in a match Huracán boss Héctor Rivoira insisted was actually quite even. This win puts Central level on points with River Plate in joint second in Nacional B, just one point behind leaders Instituto.

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