Monday, September 25, 2023

Boca is the provisional leader; the river heals with a win

Buenos Aires ( Associated Press) – Boca Juniors beat Barracas Central 3-1 at home on Sunday night with a brilliant goal from Colombian Sebastian Villa and the provisional leaders of the Argentine soccer league.

Meanwhile, in another match for the fourth date of the competition, River Plate beat Union 5–1 in Santa Fe, with Julian lvarez returning a double and Colombian Juan Fernando Quintero.

On the All Boys field, the “Zenies” weighed in against the modest Baracas Central with their highest hierarchy, promotion this season, and in the supplement they resolved the competition comfortably.

Villa opened the scoring in the 41st minute with a powerful shot from outside the box and Barraques temporarily leveled at 45+2 with a header from Neri Bandiera.

Guillermo “Pole” Fernández’s goal in the 58th minute, added to the almost immediate removal of Dylan Glaby, certainly tipped the balance in favor of Sebastian Battaglia’s team, who sealed the victory in the 68th with a goal from Xequel Zeballos. done.

“I like to attack, move forward and today we were able to create good depth. With Villa we have been playing together for a long time and we understand each other very well”, declared the figure of the match, Colombian Frank Fabra, author of two assists.

Boca adds nine units and is currently the only indicator. Estudiantes, Platense and Newell’s Old Boys can still overtake him in points on this date, and Racing Club and Argentine Juniors, hold out.

Marcelo Gallardo’s team had neither scored nor won in the last three dates. And at 25 de Abril Stadium, he more than regained his memory, with goals from Brian Romero, Enzo Fernández, lvarez—on two occasions—and Agustin Palavecino.

Union managed a waiver with a header from Mariano Peralta Bauer.

Author of two assists in addition to the double, lvarez reached the 53-goal mark in River’s first and Gallardo was two away from equaling the circle’s top scorer, Colombian Rafael Santos Borey, who has already been eight years away.

“We needed this win, we came from three tough games. This time we were fine in the last metre”, said Alvarez, who will move to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in July.

Another good news for the “millionaire” was the return of Quintero, after an absence of more than two months due to a tear. The Colombian player assisted for the final goal.

The victory in Santa Fe allowed “Millionaires”, who went 292 minutes without a goal in all competitions, leaving last place to climb to 10th place.

In other matches on Sunday, Banfield beat Tigre 1–0 as a visitor, Lanes beat Colón by the same result at home and Huracan drew 0–0 with Atlético Tucumán.

The date will continue on Monday with several matches, including crosses between teams from the cities of Avelaneda and La Plata: Gymnastics and Fencing-Racing and Independent-Students.

In addition, Velez Sarsfield will receive Rosario Central—which will introduce Carlos Tevez as new coach on Tuesday—and host Newells Argentina.

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