Argentine League Roundup, Sep. 26

Miguel Caneo scored in stoppage time to snatch a 1-1 draw for last-placed Quilmes at River Plate in the Argentine Apertura football tournament Sunday.

Mariano Pavone scored just after half time to give River Plate the lead, but Caneo’s late strike denied River the chance to go third in the table.

In other matches Sunday, Arsenal and Newell’s Old Boys played out a scoreless draw, while Miguel Angel Brindisi returned as Huracan coach for a 1-1 draw with Godoy Cruz. The game between Tigre and Racing Club also ended without a goal.

After eight rounds, Velez Sarsfield leads the Apertura table with 17 points, one ahead of Estudiantes, which has played a game less.

At the Monumental Stadium, Pavone gave River Plate the lead with a right-footed volley from Ariel Ortega’s corner two minutes into the second half.

River controlled long periods of the game but failed to score a second goal, with Rogelio Funes Mori wasting the best chance in the 81st minute.

Just before the final whistle, substitute Caneo punished River for its complacency, heading the equalizer at the back post from a free kick in the second minute of stoppage time.

The draw pushed River up to fifth place on 14 points, while Quilmes – still bottom – remains the only winless team in the tournament.

Elsewhere Saturday, good goalkeeping had a big part in ensuring the clash between Arsenal and Newell’s Old Boys finished scoreless.

Arsenal forward Gonzalo Choy struck the crossbar twice, while Newell goalkeeper Sebastian Peratta twice foiled Luciano Leguizamon when through on goal.

In the second half, Arsenal goalkeeper Cristian Campestrini stopped a goal-bound free kick from Luis Miguel Rodriguez and a Lautaro Formica attempt.

Newell coach Roberto Sensini was sent to the stands for the second half after leading his team out too late following half time.

The result left Arsenal fourth on 14 points, with Newell’s in seventh on 13.

Meanwhile, Huracan had Brindisi back in charge as coach against Godoy Cruz. Brindisi, who starred for Huracan as a player in the 1970s and coached the club from 2001 to 2002, replaced Hector Rivoira after a run of bad results.

David Ramirez was sent off for Godoy Cruz in the 16th minute, but the visitors still forced a penalty in the 43rd.

Jairo Castillo’s kick was stopped by Gaston Monzon, but the Colombian forward followed up to score from the rebound.

Huracan soon drew level when Gaston Machin took advantage of a goalkeeping error by Nelson Ibanez on the stroke of half time.

Machin was then sent off after receiving a second yellow card in the 83rd.

The draw left Godoy Cruz on 12 points, while Huracan has nine.

In Friday and Saturday results, it was: Velez 3, Olimpo 0; Independiente 1, Gimnasia 0; Estudiantes 1, Boca Juniors 0; Colon 2, San Lorenzo 0; Argentinos Juniors 1, Banfield 0; Lanus 1, All Boys 0.