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Tuesday, 16 October 2007

4929: Argentina Apertura 2007 Weekly

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by : Cody Strunk

It’s as you were at the top of the Argentinean Primera, as Indepenediente and Boca Juniors both registered good away wins to remain locked together at the head of table.

A German Denis double strike for Independiente helped the table-toppers to secure a 3:1 win at Colon. Denis now has 11 league goals this term and a move to Europe in the January transfer window looks increasingly likely as a consequence. Defender Carlos Matheu had given Independiente the lead after 21-minutes, with a Guillermo Rodriguez own goal sandwiched between Denis’s brace briefly giving Colon hope.

Impressive though Independiente’s victory was, it was Boca Juniors who took pride of place with a 6:0 win away to Banfield. Veteran striker Martin Palermo bagged a hat-trick in the opening 27-minutes, before adding a fourth just after the break. Leandro Gracian and a Pablo Ledesma penalty completed the rout.

Staying within striking distance of the top two are River Plate, 3:1 victors at home to Lanus. Goals either side of half-time from Fernando Belluschi and Chilean teenager Alexis Sanchez put River Plate in control. Jose Sand pulled one back for the visitors midway through the second-half, but another from Belluschi made the points safe for Daniel Passarella’s men.

That win took River Plate to within four points of the leading duo, and above Velez Sarsfield on goal difference after the latter went down to a last-minute goal from Paraguayan striker Erwin Avalos at Racing Club.

Champions San Lorenzo is already well adrift of the leaders this term, but they did at least record just their third win of the campaign with a 2: victory at home to Tigre. Goals from Santiago Hirsig and Nestor Silvera putting them 2:0 ahead before a Leandro Lazzaro penalty brought Tigre back into contention.

Another team that has failed to live up to expectations this term is Estudiantes, with a 1:1 draw at home to Arsenal de Sarandi leaving them in the lower half of the table. A Leandro Benitez goal 12-minutes from time looked to have secured maximum points for Estudiantes, but Jose Ulloa equalized in injury-time for the visitors.

Gimnasia Jujuy was also thankful to a goal deep into injury-time, courtesy of Hector Silva, to secure a draw at home to Argentinos Juniors. The visitors had taken the led 10-minutes into the second-half through Alvaro Pereira.

The game between the newly promoted pair of Huracan and San Martin San Juan ended 2:1 in favour of the home team, with Luciano Varaldo and Cristian Sanchez Prette putting the team of the recently appointed Osvaldo Ardiles two goals to the good before a Jose Brusco penalty made for a tense final 20-minutes or so.

Rosario Central clambered off the foot of the table with a 1:0 win away to Newell’s Old Boys. A Martin Arzuaga penalty on 73-minutes was enough to secure Rosario their first victory of the campaign and saw them leapfrog above Olimpo. A goalless draw at home to Gimnasia La Plata leaves Olimpo a point adrift at the foot of the table, although they will still have the Clausura season to secure the necessary points to avoid the drop.

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