Violence overshadowed the football in Argentina on Sunday when a match between Velez Sarsfield and River Plate had to be delayed after hooded hooligans who appeared to be from River Plate attempted to climb a chain link fence and reach the field.
The incident took place 30 minutes into the second half and forced referee Patricio Loustau to stop the match for about 10 minutes. Security officials turned high-powered water hoses on the intruders.
There were no reports of arrests.
Velez eventually won 2-0 after the match was restarted.
The threat of fan violence accompanies almost every match in Argentina. The independent Argentine group ”Let’s Save Football” says that 11 people have died so far this year in football-related violence.
The Argentine Football Association has been blamed for not quelling the violence. The AFA maintains the violence is a social problem reflected in growing street violence in the country.
In play on the field, Boca Juniors kept their hold on Argentina’s first division with a 2-1 victory Sunday over Independiente.
Matias Caruzzo’s own goal gave Independiente a 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute, but Santiago Silva equalized four minutes later and Juan Sanchez Mino scored the winner in the 46th.
Boca improved to 16 points in seven matches, one ahead of Newell’s Old Boys and two in front of Velez Sarsfield.
Newell’s defeated San Lorenzo 1-0 on Sunday with Ignacio Scocco’s 81st-minute strike.
In the other Sunday game Belgrano defeated Arsenal 2-0.
Lucas Pratto scored in the 19th for Velez, and Ivan Bella made it 2-0 in the 63rd.
Both teams finished with 10 men. River’s Ramiro Funes Mori was sent off in the 16th and Emiliano Papa followed in the 23rd.
In other weekend matches it was: Racing 0, Estudiantes 1; Tigre 2, Colon 2; All Boys 0, Argentinos Juniors 1; Godoy Cruz 1, San Martin 0.