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Argentina Apertura 2007 Weekly Review – Round 13

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With the top two both slipping up, the race for the Apertura title has become a lot more open after round 13.

Table-topping Independiente retain their place at the summit, despite going down 2:1 at Newell’s Old boys. Hector Steinert gave Newell’s an early lead and, although Daniel Montenegro quickly leveled things up, Paraguayan striker Santiago Salcedo bagged what proved to be the winner for the home team five-minutes before the break. The result was particularly disappointing for Independiente as they were up against 10-men for most of the second-half following the sending-off of Newell’s defender Cristian Ansaldi for two yellow cards.

The highlight of the weekend though was unquestionably the “Superclasico”, with River Plate defeating arch-rivals Boca Juniors 2:0. The visitors made the brighter start but, once Colombian Radamel Falcao fired River Plate ahead midway through the first-half and Ariel Ortega doubled the advantage just eight minutes later, the result was never really in doubt. The dismissal of Boca’s teenage midfielder Ever Banega in first-half stoppage time effectively ended the game as a contest.

With others slipping up, Lanus moved into second spot thanks to an eighth minute Jose Sand goal securing a 1:0 victory at Arsenal de Sarandi. Tigre are also within touching distance of the leaders, after a 1:1 draw at Velez Sarsfield took them to within three points of Independiente. Sebastian Ereros, ironically on loan from Velez Sarsfield, gave Tigre the lead on 19-minutes, but Victor Zapata equalized for the home side just before the break.

Banfield also moved into title contention, with a 3:1 victory at home to Colon seeing them close to within four points of the leaders. Their win came courtesy of a Geronimo Barrales hat-trick. Defender German Rivarola did pull a goal back for Colon late on, but 20-year-old Barrales was unquestionably the hero of the day.

Juan Sebastian Veron played a major part in Estudiantes 3:0 win over Argentinos Juniors, scoring the opening goal after 12-minutes and rounding things off with a last-minute penalty. Sandwiched between Veron’s double was Ezequiel Maggiolo’s goal on 72-minutes, while the visitors also had defender Sergio Escudero sent-off late on.

Defending champions San Lorenzo missed out on the chance to close in on the leading group after only managing a 1:1 draw at home to Gimnasia La Plata. Jorge Ortiz put San Lorenzo ahead on 29-minutes, but the visitors went home with a point thanks to a goal from Ignacio Piatti five-minutes from time.

Two strikes in the opening half-hour, courtesy of a Paolo Goltz own goal and one from striker Osvaldo Miranda were enough to secure Gimnasia Jujuy a 2:0 win at home to Huracan, with the three points also enabling them to leapfrog their opponents in the table.

At the bottom end of the table there was a good recovery from Olimpo, who fell behind at home to San Martin San Juan on 19-minutes to a headed goal from visiting striker Luis Tonelotto. Veteran Uruguayan striker Josemir Lujambio headed the equalizer six-minutes from time and the comeback was completed three minutes later, when half-time substitute Mauro Olivi put away a free-kick.

That win for Olimpo leaves Rosario Central anchored to the foot of the table, although they did secure a creditable 2:2 draw away to Racing Club. Facundo Sava scored both goals for Racing Club, either side of two goals in seven second-half minutes from Emiliano Papa and Jose Vizcarra for Rosario.

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