Monday, 8 December 2008

Argentina: Three Way Tie At The Top With One Round To Play

San Lorenzo, Tigre and Boca Juniors will go into the final weekend of the Argentine Apertura level on points at the top of the table after Boca were held to a goalless draw by Gimnasia La Plata on Sunday.

The solitary point for the Xeneize gave their two title rivals the perfect opportunity to draw level, and both took full advantage, although with dramatically differing levels of comfort.

Tigre coach Diego Cagna must have been kissing his side's title ambitions goodbye when they went two goals down inside the opening quarter of an hour away to Rosario Central. However, his side defied convention to produce a remarkable comeback as a Carlos Luna double saw them pull level by half-time and Leandro Lazzaro then added a third in the second half to seal the three points.

San Lorenzo had a much smoother ride as they crushed Independiente 4-1 at the Pedro Bidegain in Sunday's late kickoff. Pablo Barrientos scored twice, while Santiago Solari and Gaston Aguirre got one apiece in a superb display from Miguel Angel Russo's side that sees them lead the way on goal difference ahead of the concluding round of games.

Lanus kept their dim hopes of taking the Apertura crown alive with a 2-0 win away to coachless Velez Sarsfield on Friday evening, but will need a miracle on the final day if they are to leapfrog all three of the main contenders from two points adrift.

River Plate's terrible campaign continued with a 2-1 defeat at home to Godoy Cruz that sees Los Millonairos rooted to the bottom of the table, while Nestor Gorosito - rumoured to be taking over at River come the Clausura - steered his Argentinos Juniors side to a 2-2 draw away to Banfield.

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