MONTEVIDEO - Boca Juniors' dirty linen
was hung out on Thursday when goalkeeper Javier Garcia had a
row with former coach Abel Alves after being told he was dropped for
the match against Colon.
The ailing giants then lost
3-0 to the side from Santa Fe - with Alves quitting as a result - to remain in the bottom three
with the worst defence in the Argentine Clausura championship
conceding 27 goals in 13 games.
Boca, four-times South American champions between 2000 and
2007, thought they had turned a corner when they emphatically
beat arch enemies River Plate 2-0 at home in their big derby,
the "Superclasico", two weeks ago.
Since then Boca have crashed to three defeats, shipping
nine goals and scoring two.
Veteran striker and captain Esteban Fuertes put Colon ahead
in the 15th minute and midfielder Lucas Bertoglio added two
more. Boca's Colombian defender Breyner Bonilla was sent off in
the 89th for a bad lunge at Bertoglio.
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Godoy Cruz fluffed their chance to catch Independiente at
the top when they drew 0-0 at Racing Club. They are joint
second two points behind the leaders with Argentinos Juniors,
who won 1-0 at one-from-bottom Rosario Central.
Estudiantes captain Juan Sebastian Veron was sent off after
half an hour at Velez Sarsfield but his team hung on for a 1-0
win that puts them three points behind the leaders.
Striker Gaston Fernandez appeared to use his hand to help
himself to the early goal from Veron's free-kick in the fourth
Velez midfielder Victor Zapata was sent off midway through
the second half.
Independiente lost for the first time in eight matches on
Wednesday when Gimnasia-La Plata's Colombian teenager Marco
Perez scored twice for a 2-1 upset win.
Tigre striker Carlos Luna scored twice in their 3-1 win
over bottom team Atletico Tucuman on Tuesday to join Mauro
Boselli of Estudiantes at the top of the scoring chart with
nine. Gimnasia's Perez is next with seven.
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