Madness and magic from Maradona’s motherland
Well, finally, cause for celebration: A violence free weekend.
OK, last time I hailed a few days like this it was followed by all sorts of trouble. But, nevertheless, lets take this opportunity to talk about ..... da da da da da da da DAAAAA ..... football!
River top of the tree
Time to catch up. After their nightmare start to the season, River Plate sit at the top of the league, ahead of Juan Verón's Estudiantes and a great Boca Juniors team. Simeone's team have settled into the roles the new coach imposed on them at the beginning of the season. Although they are struggling in the Copa Libertadores – losing in the last five minutes against Mexicans America despite being 3-1 up going into the second half – they made it through to the quarter finals.
On Sunday a great solo effort by Diego Buonanotte over Lanus put them further ahead.
Teenager Buonanotte celebrates winner against Lanus
San Lorenzo score five The Cuervos (The Crows) as San Lorenzo have been celebrating their 100th birthday. Or at least trying to. Their huge party in their own stadium turned out to be a damp squib, but not as much as Ramon Diaz's team's performance in the Copa Libertadores against Brazilians Cruzeiro.
They lost 3-1 further stifling the fiesta. All this was forgotten, however, yesterday with a 5-1 thumping of Tigre away, including what could quite possibly be the team goal of the season alongside a couple of other contenders too. Other resultsArgentinos Juniors 1 – 1 Gimnasia de JujuyPossibly the least appealing fixture in the weekend saw Argentinos Juniors take on Gimnasia de Jujuy in Argentinos Maradona stadium. In joint 10th position, Argentinos were booed off the pitch for a lacklustre performance. Velez 1 – 1 RacingTroubled Racing went in to the Velez game with a new manager Juan Manuel Llop, however he couldn't inspire the team to a win. It has now been nine games without beating their rivals and they are bottom of the table after this game, making them firm candidates for relegation. San Martin de San Juan 2 – 0 HuracánArsenal 0 - 0 Estudiantes Central 1 – 1 Newell's Old Bots Boca Juniors 1 – 1 BanfieldIndependiente 1 3 ColonGimnasia de La Plata 4 – 2 Olimpo
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