River Plate’s disappointing season got worse Sunday with a 1-0 loss to All Boys in Argentina’s Apertura tournament.
The loss was River’s seventh consecutive game without a victory in the tournament and left one of Argentina’s most famous clubs in danger of relegation to the second division.
To add to River’s problems, the club’s next match is Nov. 16 against Buenos Aires archrival Boca Juniors, always the biggest showdown of the season. Boca is also in a slump following a 2-0 loss Saturday to Arsenal, a setback that marred the return of playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme from knee surgery six months ago.
In other results Sunday; Velez defeated Banfield 3-2, San Lorenzo drew 1-1 with Independiente and Colon defeated Tigre 1-0.
Estudiantes leads the league with 30 points following a 3-0 victory on Friday over Lanus. Velez is next with 27 followed by Arsenal with 24.
River’s loss came as Juan Pablo Rodriguez scored for newly promoted All Boys in the 53rd minute.
River Plate has only 18 points in 13 games and is in the drop zone. Relegation in Argentina is determined on results over three seasons, and the future is looking dim for a club widely known as the Millonarios – or Millionaires in English.
Velez claimed second place with its victory over Banfield with the winner coming in the 73rd minute from Jonathan Cristaldo.
Santiago Silva scored for Velez in the 6th, and got another in the 23rd from Juan Martinez. Gabriel Mendez scored in the 20th for Banfield and Marcelo Bustamante equalized in the 60th, which set the stage for Cristaldo’s winner.
Cristian Tula scored for San Lorenzo and German Pacheco equalized for Independiente, which played a largely backup squad. The club is preparing for Thursday’s second-leg quarterfinal match against Tolima of Colombia in the Copa Sudamericana. The clubs drew 2-2 in the first leg.
Independiente finished with 10 men after Leonel Galeano was sent off in the 86th minute.
Mauro Bellone scored for Colon in its 1-0 victory over Tigre.