Highlights: Argentine Primera División, Apertura 2010 - Fecha 17

"Tanque" Pavone celebrates his last minute winner
for River Plate against Colón
The championship flight between Estudiantes and Vélez looks like going all the way to the last game with both sides winning their games in round 17. Estudiantes came back from one goal behind against Argentinos Juniors to win 3-1 and Vélez Sársfield won 0-4 in Mendoza against Godoy Cruz.

The two giants of Argentine football both seem to have rediscovered some form under interim managers, River Plate won 1-2 at Colón with a fabulous team goal finished off by their latest wonderkid Erik Lamela and a last minute winner from Mariano "Tanque" Pavone. Boca Juniors beat Quilmes 1-0 to record their 2nd win in three games since the departure of Claudio Borghi.

The first game of the round took place on Wednesday night as an early appitiser for the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana final between Independiente and Goiás later in the evening. Arsenal recorded a 1-1 draw against Olimpo, a disappointing result for both teams. It is now mathematically impossible for Arsenal to win the championship and Olimpo are still struggling to average one point per game when 1.25 points is a reasonable benchmark for survival.

Primera División new boys All Boys continued to look like one of the strongest sides in the division with a 2-1 win against Banfield. Both of the home sides goals came from rebounds off the post, The first; a shot from Mauro Matos was turned into his own net by an unfortunate Fabio Segovia and the second rebound was scored by Matos himself. Banfield scored a magnificent goal in the second half, not the first time this season they have scored wonderful goals and suffered defeat. The end of the game was marred when All Boys' Hugo Barrientos elbowed Rúben Ramírez in the face causing the Banfield midfielder to go on an emotional blood soaked rant.

Racing Club hammered Gimnasia y Esgrima de La Plata, the final score was only 2-0 but the result was never really in doubt after Gabriel Hauche scored a wonderful backheel nutmeg against the goalkeeper to put the home side one goal ahead. In the second half Racing extended their lead and Gimnasia were reduced to 10 men. The away side are bottom of the table and only outside the automatic relegation zone because of the weakness of the two newly promoted sides Quilmes and Olimpo.

There were a couple of 0-0 draws on Sunday between Lanús and Independiente and between San Lorenzo and Newell's Old Boys. the entertainment was provided by Vélez with their remarkable 0-4 win against Godoy Cruz and by Tigre who beat Huracán 3-1 with a couple of goals from Denis Stracqualursi who is now the second highest goalscorer in the Apertura 2010 tournament.

Olimpo 1-1 Arsenal
All Boys 2-1 Banfield
Racing Club 2-0Gimnasia La Plata
Estudiantes 3-1 Argentinos Juniors
Colón 1-2 River Plate
Lanús 0-0 Independiente
San Lorenzo 0-0 Newell's Old Boys
Godoy Cruz 0-4 Vélez Sársfield
Tigre 3-1 Huracán
Boca Juniors 1-0 Quilmes

Situation after fecha 17

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