BUENOS AIRES - Striker Martin Palermo
scored a late deciding goal as Boca Juniors got back to winning
ways following a turbulent week with a 2-1 home victory over
Arsenal at the Bombonera on Sunday.
Boca were under caretaker Roberto Pompeii after coach
Claudio Borghi quit on Wednesday in the wake of Boca's 1-0
defeat by River Plate in their "superclasico" derby at the
The 37-year-old Palermo, Boca's all-time record scorer,
tapped in a loose ball in a goalmouth melee 15 minutes from
time for his seventh of the season.
The victory was Boca's first in the league since they beat
Huracan 2-0 last month. They had also failed to score in the
three games since.
It lifted Boca into 10th place with 20 points, 13 behind
leaders Estudiantes, who beat Huracan 2-0 at home on Saturday.
Velez Sarsfield, who had been equal top, fell two points
behind in second place after Gimnasia held them 0-0 to give
their La Plata arch-rivals Estudiantes a helping hand.
Arsenal remained third eight points behind going into the
last four matches of the Apertura championship.
River Plate failed to build on their confidence boosting
win over Boca when they were held in a poor 0-0 draw at San
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