Boca Juniors retained top spot in Argentina’s Clausura 2012 thanks to a narrow victory over Colon at La Bombonera on Saturday.
Los Xeneizes claimed all three points thanks to Santiago Silva’s wonderful first half bicycle kick. However, the reigning champions endured a nervy finish as first Juan Insaurralde and then Clemente Rodriguez saw red.
“I have to learn to shut my mouth and stop arguing with referees,” conceded Rodriguez, who received two booking in the space of a minute – the first for time wasting, the second for telling the referee just what he thought of the first. “When the referee takes the yellow I could have turned and gone the other way.”
With the Argentinian summer coming to an end, most in capital were taking advantage of their last long weekend of the season by getting out of town. Velez-supporting holiday makers would have to delay their departure, however, as the AFA scheduled their match with Estudiantes for 3pm on Friday afternoon; school of thought seemingly being that it would be beneficial to grant Velez as long as possible to prepare for their Libertadores clash in midweek.
First half goals from Federico Insua and Juan Manuel Martinez gave Velez a 2-0 victory that took top for 24 hours, and leaves them just a point behind leaders Boca. Estudiantes’ early title charge has floundered – just one point in their last five games has seen Juan Veron’s students have slip as far down as twelfth.
Newell’s sit third after being held to a 1-1 draw at home by fifth placed All Boys, while Tigre sit fourth after being held to the same scoreline by Belgrano in Cordoba on Monday night.
That point leaves Tigre in the second automatic relegation place, above Olimpo who suffered their ninth defeat of the season on Sunday night, losing 2-0 to Union in Santa Fe. Walter Perazzo’s side have picked up just seven points this season, leaving them rock bottom of the relegation table with an average points tally of just 1.029.
San Martin sit third from bottom after new coach Facundo Sava celebrated his debut on the bench with 1-0 over Godoy Cruz. “We needed to win,” said Sava. “The players did very well… Now we think about the next game against Banfield.”
Elsewhere, Independiente continued their match up the table with a 2-0 win over Banfield, while San Lorenzo took another step towards safety, seeing off Arsenal. Racing continued their poor Clausura campaign with a 3-1 defeat to Lanus.
Belgrano 1-1 Tigre
San Lorenzo 2-0 Arsenal
Union 2-0 Olimpo
Argentinos Juniors 0-0 Atletico Rafaela
San Martin 1-0 Godoy Cruz
Newell’s 1-1 All Boys
Boca 1-0 Colon
Independiente 2-0 Banfield
Estudiantes 0-2 Velez
Lanus 3-1 Racing