December 9, 2013
Initial tournamentMonday, October 7, 2013
Boca upsets River at the Monumental
Emmanuel Gigliotti scores the winning goal in the 1-0 victory
A goal scored by Emmanuel Gigliotti was enough for Boca Juniors to defeat archrival River Plate 1-0 in the “Superderby.” The striker scored in the 23rd minute before a sellout at River’s Monumental stadium without visiting fans.
Striker Emmanuel Gigliotti scored his third goal in two games to give Boca Juniors a 1-0 win at River Plate in the “Superderby” and lift his team to third place in the Initial Tournament standings yesterday.
The 23rd-minute goal and Boca’s victory celebrations met with an eerie silence from the crowd of 60,000 at the Monumental stadium, where away fans have been banned since the end of last season in an effort to curb hooligan violence.
Boca, which has gone four matches without conceding a goal and picked up 10 points in the process, is on 19, four behind leader and title-holder Newell’s Old Boys halfway through the first of two championships in the season. River dropped to sixth, nine points off the lead, but Ramón Díaz’s side is still competing in the South American Cup. It will face Lanús in the quarterfinals.
Boca, which weathered an early storm of River attacks, went ahead when Juan Román Riquelme sent a pass out wide to the right, Juan Manuel Martínez crossed low and Gigliotti deflected the ball past goalkeeper Marcelo Barovero into the net.
“We didn’t want Newell’s to get away from us. We’re going to fight for the title to the end,” former Argentina playmaker Riquelme told reporters. “For us it was very important to win. This is what we wanted.”
Riquelme left in the 58th minute with a knee injury, replaced by Gonzalo Escalante. He described the knee injury as “no big deal.”
Both sides hit the post, Martínez towards the end of the first half and River substitute Rodrigo Mora with a header in the dying minutes as the visiting side defended its lead.
River had more possession and created some good moves but was guilty of errors with the final ball against a generally tight defence.
Boca, which had difficulties to pick the team during the week due to injuries, played with: Agustín Orión; Jesús Méndez, Daniel “Cata” Díaz, Claudio Pérez, Nahuel Zárate; Fernando Gago, Cristian Erbes, Juan Manuel Sánchez Miño; Riquelme; Martínez and Gigliotti.
River’s first team was: Barovero; Gabriel Mercado, Jonatan Maidana, Éder Álvarez Balanta, Leonel Vangioni; Carlos Carbonero, Cristian Ledesma, Ariel Rojas; Manuel Lanzini; Federico Andrada and Teófilo Gutiérrez.
Herald with agencies
10TH ROUND RESULTS — On Friday: Argentinos 1 Belgrano 3. On Saturday: Olimpo 1 Estudiantes 1; Quilmes 0 Newell’s 2; San Lorenzo 0 Tigre 0. On Sunday: River 0 Boca 1; Racing v Atl. Rafaela (late). Today at 3.30pm: Colón v Arsenal. At 6pm: Godoy Cruz v All Boys. At 7.30pm: Gimnasia v Vélez. At 9.30pm: Rosario Central v Lanús.
NEXT ROUND — On Saturday at 4.20pm: All Boys v Colón. At 6pm: Atl. Rafaela v Argentinos. At 6.30pm: Belgrano v Quilmes. At 8.15pm: Arsenal v San Lorenzo. On Sunday at 4pm: Estudiantes v Racing; Vélez v Olimpo. At 6.15pm: Boca v Rosario Central. At 9.15pm: Newell’s v River. On Monday at 6.20pm: Tigre v Gimnasia. At 8.30pm: Lanús v Godoy Cruz.
LEADING GOALSCORERS: 5 — M. Matos (All Boys); M. Rodríguez (Newell’s); M. Cauteruccio (San Lorenzo). 4 — S. Silva (Lanús); C. Pereyra (Belgrano); R. Ramírez (Colón); G. Carrillo (Estudiantes); E. Gigliotti (Boca); L. Pratto (Vélez).
RELEGATION AVERAGE: Atl. Rafaela 1.247; All Boys 1.235; Godoy Cruz 1.165; Argentinos 1.163; Rosario Central 0.889; Olimpo 0.700.