Soccer-Velez open two-point lead in Argentina with 2-0 away win

BUENOS AIRES Sun Nov 25, 2012 11:10pm GMT

BUENOS AIRES Nov 25 (Reuters) - Two goals in the final six minutes gave Velez Sarsfield a 2-0 win at All Boys to open a two-point lead in the Argentine league championship with two matches remaining on Sunday.

Lucas Pratto broke the deadlock in the 87th minute when he slotted home substitute Jonathan Copete's low right cross.

"It was the most important (goal) of my career so far. All Boys might have deserved a point and were lucky, but we kept plugging away," Pratto told a TV reporter.

Pratto's strike partner Facundo Ferreyra scored the second three minutes into added time, steering the ball inside the base of the post for his ninth goal of the championship.

Velez, chasing their ninth league title and first since the 2010-11 season, lead the first of two championships in the season, with 35 points from 17 matches.

They took a two-point advantage since Lanus, who had won their previous seven matches, were held 0-0 at home by Estudiantes.

Newell's Old Boys are third with 30 points after coming from behind to draw 2-2 at Union on Saturday with an equaliser from striker Ignacio Scocco, who scored both goals when Argentina beat Brazil 2-1 in a friendly in Buenos Aires on Wednesday.

Godoy Cruz went down to their fourth consecutive defeat, 2-0 at Tigre, while waiting for the official appointment of their new coach, former Boca Juniors and Argentina striker Martin Palermo.

Independiente's trouble with their "barrabrava" hooligan fans continued on Saturday when a group hurled stones at the team bus as it left their Libertadores de America ground after a 2-2 draw with River Plate.

River led 2-1 after an hour but Independiente played better and deserved to win. Instead, they dropped two more points in their desperate fight to stave off relegation for the first time at the end of the season. (Editing by Greg Stutchbury)