Details of the 16th round of games in the Clausura 2011 tournament.
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|Silvio Romero celebrates his goal in a 3-0 win against Huracán|
that moved Lanús to within a point of leaders Vélez.
San Lorenzo and Arsenal played out a 1-1 draw that did no favours to either side. The visitors Arsenal remain perilously close to the Primera División relegation zone and San Lorenzo are still stuck in a dismal run of form having only won 1 of their last 10 games.
All Boys took another gigantic step towards Primera División survival with a hard fought 1-0 win against Quilmes. This defeat leaves Quilmes in desperate trouble at the bottom of the table and needing to win all three of their remaining games in order to have a realistic chance of avoiding automatic relegation. All Boys are certain to avoid automatic relegation and another two points from their three remaining games would ensure that they avoid the slim possibility of finishing in the relegation playoff positions.
In the last game on Saturday Racing Club slumped to a 1-3 home defeat agianst a Banfield side that had failed to win any of their previous four games. Facundo Fereyra and Gustavo Toledo put the visitors two goals ahead in the first half but then a red card for Victor Lopez after twelve minutes of the second half threatened to ruin the game for Banfield. Racing got one goal back through a Mauro Dos Santos own goal with twenty minutes to go but Banfield's former Racing Club player Maxi Bustos took advantage of Racing's shambolic defending in injury time to secure their most emphatic away league win at Racing since two consecutive 1-3 wins back in 1943 and 1944.
Having had their game against Huracán cancelled last week when they were leading 0-2 Estudiantes were left without a win in 12 games and after a 0-2 home defeat against Independiente their dismal run of form was extended to 13 games which has seen them plummet from the top of the table down to 15th and suffer elimination from the Copa Libertadores knockout stages. Leonel Galeano scored the first goal for the visitors just before half time and Lucas Villafañez secured the win with a second goal on 76 minutes. The result resulted in the departure of manager Eduardo Berizzo.
Martín Palermo scored his 5th goal in 6 games to earn Boca Juniors a 1-0 win against bottom of the table Newell's Old Boys and stretch their unbeaten run to seven games.
With the Copa Libertadores semi-final second leg in midweek on his mind, Vélez Sársfield manager Ricardo Gareca put out a weakened side against Tigre. They lined up without star players Maxi Moralez, Juan Manuel Martínez and Santiago Silva and lost the game 2-1. their first defeat at Tigre since 1955. Denis Straqualursi bagged his 10th goal of the season with a first half penalty, Ricky Alvarez equalised with a cracking long range strike on 62 minutes but Angel Diaz scored the winner for Tigre two minutes later.
The biggest game of the weekend resulted in a 0-0 draw between Olimpo and River Plate. The result leaves River in the relegation playoff places and Olimpo 0.005 points above them in the last safe position.
Lanús thumped Huracán 3-0 to move to within one point of the leaders Vélez. Diego Valeri, Silvio Romero and Guido Pizarro scored the goals in the first half.
The poor home form of Godoy Cruz cost them the chance to go joint top of the table after they allowed relegation threatened Gimnasia y Esgrima de La Plata to equalise twice to earn a 2-2 draw. Rúben Ramírez put the hosts ahead early in the first half but Alejandro Capurro equalised with a cracking goal on the half hour. Shortly after half time Mariano Donda re-established the lead for Godoy Cruz after Gimnasia goalkeeper Fernando Monetti let his shot squirm into the net but Lucás Castro scoreda dramatic injury time equaliser to earn a potentially vital point for Gimnaisa.
|Boca Juniors||1-0||Newell's Old Boys|
|Godoy Cruz||2-2||Gimnasia y Esgrima (LP)|
|18||Gimnasia (La Plata)||16||3||7||6||17||22||−5||16|
|20||Newell's Old Boys||16||3||2||11||14||31||−17||11|
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