Argentine League Roundup, Aug. 8

Funes Mori scored one minute into second-half injury time Sunday

to give River Plate a 1-0 win over Tigre.

River’s first match of the Apertura season yielded a positive

result. River is threatened this season with relegation and needs

all the points it can get. Relegation in Argentina is determined on

points earned over several seasons, and the last few have been poor

for River.

In other results Sunday to wrap up the first round, Banfield

defeated Olimpo 2-1, Gimnasia La Plata and San Lorenzo played to a

0-0 draw, Velez Sarsfield defeated Independiente 1-0, and Boca

Juniors drew 1-1 with Godoy Cruz.

Seven teams won on the first weekend: Huracan, Lanus, Banfield,

Estudiantes, Racing, River and Velez.

River’s rival Boca Juniors had to share the points with Godoy

Cruz in the first match for new Boca coach Claudio Borghi. Like

River, Boca is coming off several poor seasons and needs to impress

early.

Roberto Russo gave Godoy Cruz a 1-0 lead in the 14th before

Lucas Viatri equalized in the 21st.

Newly promoted Olimpo scored after only 22 seconds from a header

by Alejandro Delorte. Walter Erviti equalized in the 26th and

Cristian Garcia got the winner for Banfield with a header in the

35th.

Velez won on Silva’s goal, which came on a perfect pass from

Maxi Moralez.

On Friday in the first match of the Apertura season, Guido

Pizarro scored in the 73rd minute to give Lanus a 2-1 victory over

Arsenal.

Defending champion Argentinos Juniors lost their opening match

of the Apertura season 2-1 to Huracan in one of the four matches

played Saturday. In the others, Quilmes and Colon drew 1-1,

Estudiantes defeated Newell’s 1-0 and Racing Club won 1-0 against

All Boys.