Details of the twelfth round of games in the Clausura 2011 tournament.
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The first two games featured wins for the bottom two in the Clausura. First up Newell's Old Boys recorded their first away win in sixteen attempts coming from a goal behind to secura a 1-2 victory against Gimnasia y Esgrima in La Plata. It was their seventh consecutive win against Gimnasia in the Primera División but the three points were still not enough to shift them off the bottom of the table.
The second game on Friday night was a classic featuring the two form teams in the division, Banfield and visitors Quilmes were the only sides to have won both of their last two games. Quilmes won the game 3-4 and having won three in a row with relegation rivals Gimnasia and Huracán floundering above them in the promedios table it is beginning to look as is manager Caruso Lombardi could do the seemingly impossible and save them from automatic relegation.
San Lorenzo reacted well to the departure of manager Ramón Diaz with a convincing 3-0 win in the clásico porteño against Huracán, their first win in six matches. With a tally of only one point from their last five games Huracán remain in serious relegation trouble and with the resurgence of Quilmes automatic relegation is becoming a more realistic threat.
All Boys and Argentinos Juniors played out a predictable 0-0 draw. All Boys have the weakest attack with only eight goals so far and Argentinos are second weakest with only ten, they also have the best defensive record and are the division's draw specialists with seven draws from their twelve games so far.
River Plate beat Racing Club 0-1 with a first half Mariano Pavone penalty. River have managed the impressive feat of moving to the top of the Primera División table despite averaging less than a goal a game so far in the Clausura. Things are not going well for Racing after their strong start to the season, thay have now only won one of their last seven games, the 2-0 victory in the Avellaneda derby back in Fecha 10.
Godoy Cruz missed their chance to go top of the table suffering a 1-4 home defeat to an Arsenal side that had failed to win ant of their last seven games. Lisandro López and Adrián González put Arsenal two goals ahead then Alvaro Navarro pulled one back in the first half. Mauro Obolo scored a pair of goals in the second half to secure Arsenal's biggest away win since a 2-6 thrashing of Lanús back in May 2008 and end their run of ten away games without a win. The worst thing from a Godoy Cruz perspective is that their single goal was brilliantly crafted while all four of Arsenal's goals came about through shambolic defending from the home team.
In the late game on Saturday Vélez Sársfield recorded their biggest ever away win against Estudiantes with a 0-4 thrashing to return to the top of the table. The result extended Estudiantes' winless run to eight games. Augusto Fernández continued his brilliant form with the opening goal and a wonderful assist for Maxi Moralez to put the visitors two goals ahead at half time. In the second half Rodrigo Braña was sent off for Estudiantes and Moralez scored his second of the game from the penalty spot. Substitute Davíd Ramírez bagged a fourth goal for Vélez to round off an emphatic victory.
On Monday Olimpo and Tigre drew 2-2 which does neither side much good in their battles to avoid relegation. Tigre will take the most positives from the game as they were away from home and with both of their goals Román Martínez demonstrated that there is someone other than Denis Straqualursi in their team capable of scoring. Straqualursi set him up with his first goal and his second was a wonderful individual effort chipping the keeper from around 30 yards out.
Colón continued their poor home form with a 0-1 defeat to Lanús who have quietly crept up to fifth in the table after a run of six games without defeat thanks to a diving header from Leandro Diaz.
In the last game of the round Boca Juniors could only manage a 1-1 home draw against Independiente, a team they have consistently dominated at home. Martín Palermo bagged an early goal for the home team with an excellent backheel but Lucas Villafáñez equalised for the visitors in the 77th minute. Both sides remain in the bottom half of the table.
|Gimnasia y Esgrima (LP)||1-2||Newell's Old Boys|
|All Boys||0-0||Argentinos Juniors|
|Racing Club||0-1||River Plate|
|18||Gimnasia (La Plata)||12||2||5||5||11||16||−5||11|
|20||Newell's Old Boys||12||2||2||8||12||24||−12||8|
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