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

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.