Argentine League Roundup, Feb. 13

BY foxsports • February 14, 2011

Argentina Clausura favorites Boca Juniors slipped to a stunning 4-1 loss to Godoy Cruz on Sunday as Ruben Ramirez scored two goals in the first match of the season for both clubs.

Ramirez scored after two defensive blunders in the first half, one of which saw Boca Juniors keeper Javier Garcia let a cross slip through his hands with Ramirez to score.

Much is expected from Boca, which has not won a title in three years and is looking for a boost from new coach Julio Cesar Falcioni.

In other matches Sunday, Gabriel Hauche scored in Racing's 1-0 victory over All Boys, and Tigre played out a scoreless draw with River Plate.

Ramirez gave Godoy Cruz a 1-0 lead in the 14th minute when Garcia let a cross from his right slip through his fingers with Ramirez there to head it home from close range.

Garcia let a similar ball slip through his hands minutes later, an unstable start for a Boca. Boca began to regroup later in the half and started to look threatening with Juan Roman Riquelme and Martin Palermo pushing the offense.

But Ramirez snuffed out the surge and made it 2-0 in the 38th, this time left undefended as he chipped in a cross from a few meters (yards).

Boca kept pressing with Riquelme hitting the post minutes later.

Adrian Torres made it 3-0 in the 52nd, again from close range and against poor defending.

Boca broke through two minutes later with new forward Walter Erviti making it 3-1.

Carlos Sanchez got Godoy Cruz's final goal in the third minute of second-half stoppage time after making a break down the right side - with Boca pressing for a goal - and scoring on a sharp angle to beat Garcia.

In the first matches of the new Apertura season on Friday, defending champion Estudiantes defeated Newell's Old Boys 2-1 and Velez Sarsfield drew 2-2 with Independiente.

On Saturday, Olimpo rallied to beat Banfield 2-1 on Carlos Salom's winning goal 10 seconds into second-half stoppage time. In two other Saturday matches, Juan Neira's 69th-minute goal gave Gimnasia a 1-1 draw with San Lorenzo. Juan Menseguez scored in the 16th for San Lorenzo.

Esteban Fuertes scored both goals in Colon's 2-0 victory over Quilmes.

On Monday it is Lanus vs. Arsenal and Huracan vs. Argentinos Juniors.


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