Argentine League Roundup, Nov. 21

Estudiantes held on to first place in Argentina’s Apertura

tournament, taking advantage of Velez’ 0-0 draw with Gimnasia on

Sunday.

Velez would have retained the top spot with a victory.

Estudiantes moved into first place with a 2-0 victory Saturday

over Huracan. Estudiantes, the dominant team all season, has 33

points and Velez has 31 with four rounds remaining.

In other games Sunday, Boca Juniors defeated Arsenal 2-1 in the

first match under interim coach Roberto Pompei. River Plate had a

0-0 draw with San Lorenzo and is again in relegation danger, just

five days after an emotional 1-0 victory over Boca. In the day’

other game, Racing and Qulimes drew 1-1.

Velez seldom put together a sustained attack, dropping two

critical points to the leaders.

Boca’s record-breaking striker Martin Palermo scored the winner

in the 74th. Palermo said after the loss to River Plate that he was

embarrassed how the status of Boca had fallen with so many losses

over the last several seasons.

Sergio Araujo gave Boca a lead in the 27th with Arsenal’s

Lisandro Lopez equalizing in the 48th minute.

Gabriel Mercado and Enzo Perez scored in Estudiantes 2-0 victory

on Saturday.

In a match played in the rain, Francisco Cerro gave last-place

Quilmes a 1-0 lead in the 70th, which was erased two minutes later

by Gabriel Hauche’s goal.

Behind Estudiantes and Velez, Arsenal is in third place with 25

points and Godoy Cruz has 24.

In three matches on Monday, it’s: Olimpo vs. Argentinos Juniors,

Colon vs. Independiente, Lanus vs. Tigre.