Sebastian Battaglia scores his first goal in over a year with Boca Juniors

Sebastian Battaglia scores his first goal in over a year against Vélez Sarsfield (AP)

Our week 4 wrap in Argentina begins with River Plate being all alone in first place after their scoreless draw against defending champs Argentinos Juniors at the Estadio Diego Maradona.

Although Argentinos were the better side throughout the 90 minutes, River were bailed out incessantly by El Bicho’s on the goal defended by Juan Pablo Carrizo.

Meanwhile Boca Juniors resurrected from the dead beating Vélez Sarsfield 2-1 at La Bombonera with goals by Sebastián Battaglia and Lucas Viatri.  Battaglia scored his first goal in over a year.  His last goal was against River Plate in the 3-0 win against Chacarita back last November. Still the Xeneizes suffered as a ultra-offensive Vélez side came at them with everything but the kitchen sink.  The win was the first one for Claudio Borghi and his team.

Their midweek win against Argentinos Juniors was quickly forgotten as Independiente crashed at home against Arsenal 2-1 and for the second consecutive week lost.  Daniel Garnero’s side is currently stuck on one point and Independiente fans are looking to see him get the axe in only the fourth week.

Meanwhile the Southern Buenos Aires derby between Lanús and Banfield was far from being interesting as both sides ended up in a scoreless draw.  The big news of that match was the sending off of Lanús coach Luis Zubeldía learned his lesson after sending his team onto the pitch late after halftime.  The Granate coach was sent off as AFA have implemented a new rule trying to crack down on timeliness coming out of the dressing rooms.

Friday

Huracán 1-1 Newell’s Old Boys

Saturday

Lanús 0-0 Banfield

Tigre 3-0 Quilmes

Colón 1-3 Godoy Cruz

San Lorenzo 3-1 All Boys

Sunday

Independiente 1-2 Arsenal

Argentinos Juniors 0-0 River Plate

Boca Juniors 2-1 Vélez Sarsfield

Olimpo 1-0 Racing Club

Estudiantes -ppd.- Gimnasia

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