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Yesterday, Boca Juniors beat Newell´s Old Boys 2-1 in the Bombonera Stadium. The "sanctuary" of the neighbourhood of La Boca looked great despite there were 2 Backstreet Boys concerts above the green grass. The whole match was deadly boring with practically no action, but Boca´ star Martín Palermo contributed with both goals and claimed victory.


The team conducted by Carlos Bianchi was slow and uneffective to hurry Newell´s back. Only the Palermo-Barros Schelotto duo were a constant threat to the defense; as many of you know these two players are aimed by Manchester United, club which sent an observator to analyze both attackers, and a rumour says there´s an offer of U$S 40.000.000 to take them to Old Trafford.


After a cross by Barros Schelotto, Palermo opened the score with his left foot. Several minutes after that, he received a brilliant pass from young promise Juan Román Riquelme and established the 2-0. In the 90th minute, Newells scored via defender Daniel Fagiani. Despite the difficult victory over Newell´s Old Boys, Boca climbed to Torneo Apertura´s top with a 3-point lead ahead followers Unión Santa Fe and Gimnasia La Plata.


The Derby of the round took place in the city of Avellaneda, in the suburbs of Buenos Aires. Home team Independiente beat allmighty River Plate 2-1 and increased River´s crisis. Former Barcelona FC Juan Antonio Pizzi scored in the 12th minute, but Daniel Garnero of Independiente tied after a PK. Another PK gave Independiente the win, even when River goalie Germán Burgos rejected Garnero cause Christian Gómez took the rebound and scored. River misses Gallardo (injured) and Ortega (now in Sampdoria Genoa), and fall down to the 16th place of standings.


Other results:


Huracán 1 - Argentinos Juniors 3

GyE Jujuy 1 - Racing Club 1

Talleres Cba. 2 - San Lorenzo 2

Gimnasia LP 3 - Belgrano Cba. 1

Rosario Central 2 - Estudiantes LP 1

Unión 0 - Colón 2


Today the round completes with Vélez Sarsfield-Lanús (both contendors to the title) and Platense-Ferrocarril Oeste, in their effort to avoid relegation. Next Sunday Boca faces Racing Club in another classic matchup.


Trivia: during the 1-1 draw, Gimnasia y Esgrima de Jujuy midfielder Carlos Morales Santos opened the count; then it was his brother Angel "Matute" Morales´ turn for Racing Club,and whose goal sealed the draw. Their father, Antonio, couldn´t hide his happiness since both sons scored, and the next day Carlos got married in Jujuy; the witness was, of course, his striker brother Matute.

Fernando TROIANI