Olimpo deny River Plate chance to share lead in Argentina

Carlos Carbonero milks the applause after opening the scoring for River Plate against Olimpo. 

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River Plate missed a chance to take a share of the Argentine league lead when it drew 1-1 with Olimpo on Sunday in round 16 of the first division.

League leader Gimnasia beat Argentinos 2-0 Saturday and is two points clear of both River and Godoy Cruz with only three rounds of games remaining.

Colombia’s Carlos Carbonero stole the ball on the edge of the penalty area, steered past a defender and curled a left foot shot inside the far post for River’s goal in the 16th minute

Olimpo had good chances before Pablo Luguercio headed in just before halftime, although Leonel Vangioni came close to stealing the points for River when his long range shot in the 77th was tipped onto the crossbar by goalkeeper Nereo Champagne.

Maximiliano Meza hit a shot into the top corner of the goal from 30 yards (meters) to open the scoring for Gimnasia in the 3rd minute, with Facundo Pereyra bursting past the last defender and finishing from a tight angle five minutes after halftime to wrap up the game.

In other games Sunday, Boca Juniors defeated Arsenal 4-2, Godoy Cruz overcame Estudiantes 1-0 and Lanus won 1-0 against All Boys.

On Saturday, Belgrano and San Lorenzo drew 0-0, Velez won 4-1 against Rosario, Quilmes defeated Racing 1-0 and Rafaela drew 1-1 with Colon.

On Friday, Newell’s overcame Tigre 2-1.