December 19, 2013
Boca struggle to draw against Unión
Soccer — Clausura tournament
Boca Juniors drew 0-0 with Unión in the city of Santa Fe in a boring match without many good chances to score. Independiente lose 1-0 at home against Lanús, while their arch rivals Racing were beaten by Godoy Cruz by the same result.
SANTA FE — Boca Juniors struggled to a 0-0 draw at Unión yesterday to leave the defending champions without a goal in their last two matches.
The lifeless draw could keep the pressure on Boca coach Julio César Falcioni, who has felt the pressure for almost a week following a run-in with some of his top players after a 0-0 draw with Venezuela club Zamora in the Libertadores Cup.
Boca, who are undefeated in 33 matches, will play against Newell’s Old Boys next week, while Unión will face Belgrano.
Lanús became the only club in Argentina with a perfect record after just two rounds of the Clausura Tournament with a 1-0 victory against Independiente.
Striker Mariano Pavone scored in the 86th for Lanús, who did not use all their first team players.
Independiente, who lost the first two games of the competition, improved since last week when they were beaten by San Martín in San Juan, but they could not find the way to score.
In other matches yesterday, Godoy Cruz defeated Racing 1-0 thanks to Leonardo Sigali’s goal in the 84th.
Godoy Cruz finished with players after Juan Carlos Falcón was sent off in the 38th minute.
Racing had many chances to equalize the game, but they could not beat Godoy Cruz goalkeeper Nelson Ibáñez, who won the man of the match prize.
As their arch-rivals Independiente, Racing are still looking for a game style since the arrival of their new coach Alfio Basile. They drew their first game 0-0 against Tigre.
Neither Racing nor Independiente scored in the first two matches. They will play each other in the 10th round.
Néstor Ortigoza scored in the 55th to give relegation-threatened San Lorenzo a 1-1 draw with Estudiantes de La Plata. Christian Cellay gave Juan Azconzábal’s side a 1-0 lead in the 17th. Neither Boca nor Unión produced many good chances. Falcioni’s team picked up four yellow cards in the first half, but failed to generate much of anything else.
Unión defender Juan Cárdenas probably had the best chance in the match with a twisting shot in the 56th that was batted away by Boca keeper Agustín Orión.
On Saturday, All Boys defeated Colón 2-0 with goals scored by Juan Carlos Ferreyra and Uruguayan Juan Pablo Rodríguez.