Inicial: Boca & Racing win, and an unusually dull round comes to an end (video)

It’s not going to get too many hits, that headline, is it? But on Monday night a weekend of phenomenal dullness came to an end in Argentina with two 0-0 draws; Independiente and Vélez Sarsfield (the most interesting thing to happen there was a 45-minute holdup during the first half due to a floodlight failure) and Atlético Rafaela and Arsenal de Sarandí were the culprits. On Sunday, Racing and Boca Juniors both claimed 2-0 wins – away to Argentinos Juniors and at home to Tigre, respectively – and Godoy Cruz beat Unión 1-0 in Santa Fe. With just eleven goals, this was the lowest-scoring round of matches in Argentina’s top flight since the opening round of the 2002 Torneo Apertura, almost exactly a decade ago. That’s the season I started watching Argentine football in. Anyway, you can see all the weekend’s scores, the (few) scorers, and Sunday’s goals – but not Monday’s! – right here.

Primera División Torneo Inicial 2012, second round
Club Atlético San Martín 0 – 1 Club Atlético Colón (E. Gigliotti 75)
Club Atlético Lanús (L. Díaz OFF 65) 0 – 1 Club Atlético Newell’s Old Boys (M. Sperdutti 11)
Club Estudiantes de La Plata 0 – 2 Club Atlético River Plate (R.G. Funes Mori 53, 66)
Club Atlético Belgrano 0 – 0 Club Atlético San Lorenzo de Almagro (A. Álvarez OFF 48)
Club Atlético All Boys (A. Vildozo 87) 1 – 1 Quilmes Atlético Club (M. Cauteruccio 23)
Asociación Atlética Argentinos Juniors 0 – 2 Racing Club (F. Ortíz 48; A. Centurión 88)
Club Atlético Unión de Santa Fe (P. Míguez OFF 36) 0 – 1 Club Deportivo Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba (A. Castro 71)
Club Atlético Boca Juniors (C. Chávez 60; L. Viatri 68) 2 – 0 Club Atlético Tigre
Asociación Mutual Social y Deportiva Atlético de Rafaela 0 – 0 Arsenal Fútbol Club
Club Atlético Independiente 0 – 0 Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield (F. Cerro OFF 75)

Argentinos 0 – 2 Racing

Unión 0 – 1 Godoy Cruz

Boca 2 – 0 Tigre

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