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Football Round-Up: Boca Still Top, River Win Despite Miss, Racing Celebrates

By | [email protected] | March 27, 2017 6:16pm

Football Round-Up: Boca Still Top, River Win Despite Miss, Racing Celebrates

With Argentina’s national side failing to get hearts racing in their match against Chile on Thursday night, the Primera División was on hand to pick up the pieces. Here’s some talking points from the weekend’s action.

River Victorious, Andrade Misses Open Goal

Marcelo Gallardo’s side continued their ascent back up the table on Sunday night, with a 2-1 victory over strugglers Belgrano. A tidy finish from Sebastian Driussi (his eleventh of the season) and a strike from Gonzalo “Pity” Martínez were enough to put the game to bed, but a real shocker of a miss from Tomás Andrade in the fourth minute of stoppage time grabbed the headlines. With only seconds to go, River found themselves with four-on-one and three players queued up to tap in a seemingly unmissable chance.

Not much can be said about what happened next, other than that the 20 year-old won’t fancy seeing the replays anytime soon. But, who doesn’t enjoy a bit of schadenfreude from time to time? So, if you haven’t already seen it:

“I didn’t really know what had happened. I was far away and saw four players against the keeper,” said head coach Gallardo after the game, who was seen consoling the distraught player at full-time. “He isn’t the first and won’t be the last to miss a chance like that”, he added.

On to the next one for River then, who could go as high as third if they bag another three points this weekend.

Boca Stay Put At The Top

Andrade wasn’t the only one to find himself in waning in front of goal, however, as Boca’s Dario Benedetto experienced a similar moment in his team’s 2-1 win away to San Martín. Granted, it wasn’t quite the shitshow seen at “El Monumental”, but it’s deserves the mention.

— Boca Juniors Ecuador (@BocajrsEcuador) March 26, 2017

Goals from Cristian Pavón and Ricardo Centurión were enough for the visitors to take all three points, a result that pleased the 15,000 xeneize (outnumbering San Martín’s home fans) who made the trip from Buenos Aires. They were also treated to this piece of outrageous skill from aforementioned man-of-the-moment Ricky Centurión, who was targeted by San Martín players throughout.

The victory means Boca remain at the top of the table, but only three points separates them and second-placed San Lorenzo after their shock defeat to Talleres last weekend. They’ll be hoping to make some breathing room for themselves this Saturday, when they face Defensa y Justicia.

Bou Bags Birthday Win For Racing

The party was in full swing at “El Cilindro” on Saturday evening, where Racing were celebrating their 114th birthday versus Godoy Cruz. Chants of “qué los cumplas feliz” (Argentina’s ‘happy birthday to you’ equivalent) rang around the stadium before kick-off in celebration of the club that has won eighteen league titles in its history.

Godoy Cruz’s Javier Correa threatened to disrupt celebrations midway through the second half, however, putting the visitors into the lead. Racing were late to respond – only six minutes of normal time remained when Diego González brought the home side level, and it was stoppage time when Gustavo Bou sent the home fans wild to make the score 2-1.

A valuable win for Racing, which means they climb to seventh position. As seen with River, the table is tight enough that anyone can make a real go of this season.

The rest of the weekend’s fixtures saw a comfortable 3-0 win for San Lorenzo against Quilmes, which took them within three points of leaders Boca. In doing so, they leapfrogged Newell’s, who stuttered in a 1-1 draw with Patronato. Down the other end of the table, Aldosivi also had the joy of a last-minute winner in their match against bottom-placed Arsenal. Vélez host Huracán tonight , while Talleres face Olimpo.