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Wednesday, 06 June 2007

4569: Argentina Clausura Weekly Revi

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by : Cody Strunk

San Lorenzo edged closer to their first Argentinean title since 2001 after the weekend’s matches, with their 1:1 draw away to Argentinos Juniors enabling them to extend their lead at the top of the table to four-points with just two rounds of matches remaining. A Cristian Tula header gave the visitors the lead midway through the first-half, but a Sebastian Carrera goal with 14-minutes remaining preserved the unbeaten home record for Argentinos Juniors this term.

Despite dropping two points, San Lorenzo’s position was strengthened as a result of Boca Juniors 2:1 defeat at Colon. With the game coming between the two legs of their Copa Libertadores semi-final against Colombia’s Cucuta Deportivo, Boca rested a number of key players and ultimately paid the penalty for doing so, with a late Ruben Ramirez goal securing the points for Colon that just about ensures their top-flight status for another season.

Estudiantes all but surrendered their title in going down 2:0 away to lowly Racing Club, despite goalkeeper Mariano Andujar saving a first-half penalty from Facundo Sava. The former Fulham striker had earlier given his team the lead and Claudio Lopez sealed the victory with a late goal in injury-time. The defeat leaves Estudiantes trailing the leaders by six-points.

Problems continue to mount at River Plate, with a goal deep into injury-time from late substitute Nicolas Olmedo securing a 1:0 victory for Godoy Cruz. The game was played at Velez Sarsfield’s Estadio Jose Amalfitani after River Plate’s own Estadio Monumental was closed due to crowd trouble at previous games. It was a major win for Godoy Cruz, who moved away from the automatic relegation places as a consequence.

It is still incredibly tight at the foot of the table though, with only three-points separating Godoy Cruz, Nueva Chicago and Belgrano. A late own goal from Maximiliano Velazquez enabled Belgrano to force a 1-1 draw at Lanus, but they remain second bottom, ahead of already relegated Quilmes. Nueva Chicago are only just clear of the bottom two after going down 2:1 at Velez Sarsfield. They did take a first-minute lead through Lucio Filomeno, but goals from Gustavo Balvorin and Damian Escudero swung the game in favour of Velez. The visitors didn’t help their own cause in having Omar Zarif sent-off on 32-minutes, with Jorge Martinez also getting early use of the bath after seeing red a few minutes from time.

Elsewhere there were away wins, all by a 1:0 scoreline, for Rosario Central (at Quilmes); Independiente (Arsenal de Sarandi); Banfield (Gimnasia Jujuy) and Gimnasia La Plata (Newell’sOld Boys).

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