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Clausura 2012: Boca held, Arsenal de Sarandí and Newell’s close the gap (video)

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Friday’s and Saturday’s Torneo Clausura matches saw a bit of pressure added to the Argentine title race in the third from last round. On Friday, Arsenal de Sarandí beat Argentinos Juniors 3-1 to go level on points at the top with Boca Juniors, who failed to restore their three point advantage on Saturday afternoon, surprisingly drawing with ten-man Banfield 1-1. Victories for Newell’s Old Boys and Vélez Sarsfield, over Independiente and Atlético Rafaela respectively, ensured added pressure on the leaders – who host Arsenal next weekend. A goalless draw between Unión and San Martín de San Juan, in Santa Fe, means that the prize for the winners of Sunday’s epic relegation battle between Tigre and San Lorenzo will be a position outside the relegation playoff zone, even, for another week at least (in Tigre’s case, they could also join the title-chasing pack with a win). All the goals are right here.

Primera División Torneo Clausura

Arsenal 3 – 1 Argentinos

Boca 1 – 1 Banfield

Boca were surprisingly poor in this match, although Agustín Alayes’ opener for Banfield was a mile offside and should never have been given. Evidently feeling sorry for his opponents, Banfield defender Santiago Ladino decided to even things up minutes later with one of the most spectacular own goals you’re ever likely to see.

Newell’s 2 – 1 Independiente

Vélez 2 – 1 Rafaela

Nacional B

Instituto 0 – 2 Quilmes

This win for Quilmes against direct promotion rivals helps their own automatic promotion hopes in a way, but also harms them, by giving River Plate and Rosario Central a chance to pull clear in the Nacional B campaign if they can win their own matches later in the round – a win for Instituto would have kept up more pressure on River in particular.

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