River wins, Godoy Cruz top in Argentina
Defender Paulo Ferrari scored twice as River Plate notched a 3-2
win at Chacarita Juniors in round two of the Argentine Clausura
tournament on Thursday.
In the day’s other matches, Cesar Carranza scored the only
goal as Godoy Cruz moved to the top of the table with a 1-0 win at
San Lorenzo and Andres Silvera hit a hat-trick as Independiente had
a 3-1 home win against Atletico Tucuman.
River Plate went ahead in the 21st minute when Ferrari shot
under the goalkeeper after the ball had rebounded into his path.
He soon added a second following a pass by Paraguayan
midfielder Rodrigo Rojas in the 28th.
Chacarita had to wait until the 76th to get on the scoreboard
when defender Christian Grabinski headed home, but River restored
its two-goal buffer in the 81st when striker Gustavo Canales fed
young midfielder Gustavo Bou.
Facundo Parra made it 3-2 with a header in the 87th minute
and Chacarita had what appeared an equalizing goal disallowed in
the fourth minute of stoppage time.
Elsewhere, Godoy Cruz became the only team with two wins out
of two in the Clausura tournament after Carranza’s winner secured
victory against San Lorenzo.
The striker slipped the ball past goalkeeper Pablo Migliore
after service from Nicolas Olmedo in the 36th minute.
In Thursday’s final game, Andres Silvera gave Independiente
the lead against Atletico Tucuman in the 22nd minute when he tapped
home a cross-shot from young defender Leonel Galeano.
Paraguayan striker Fabio Escobar equalized for Tucuman from a
corner in the 28th minute, but Silvera was on target twice in two
minutes to win the game for Independiente.
Silvera slipped home a cross from Luciano German in the 57th
minute and completed his hat-trick with a header from Patricio
Rodriguez’s lobbed cross in the 58th.
Thursday’s action concluded three days of midweek fixtures.
On Wednesday, Gimnasia beat rivals Estudiantes 3-1; Boca Juniors
downed Lanus by the same score, while Huracan had a 2-1 home win
over Newell’s Old Boys.
Tuesday saw Tigre win 1-0 at Rosario Central, Velez Sarsfield
triumph 3-0 at Arsenal, and Colon de Santa Fe defeat Racing 2-1.