(updates with San Lorenzo result, Riquelme quotes)
BUENOS AIRES May 4 Boca Juniors beat
arch-rivals River Plate 1-0 on Sunday, the first time in three
years they have won the meeting of Argentina's two most popular
Sebastian Battaglia scored the only goal to throw the
Apertura championship wide open, moving Boca one point behind
leading trio River, Estudiantes and San Lorenzo with six
matches to play.
Estudiantes, who top the table on goals scored from River,
lost 2-1 at Argentinos Juniors on Saturday while San Lorenzo
won 2-1 at Gimnasia-La Plata. The three teams have 27 points
from 13 games.
Boca dominated the early stages at the Bombonera and
Rodrigo Palacio wasted an excellent chance when he broke clear
but shot straight at Juan Carrizo.
The hosts went ahead in the 14th minute when midfielder
Battaglia shook off his marker to meet Juan Roman Riquelme's
corner with a powerful header.
"Boca deserved to win because River did nothing," said
Boca previously beat River in May 2005 and the five
meetings since then have produced three draws and two wins for
Gabriel Hauche and Alejandro Delorte gave Argentinos a 2-0
lead against Estudiantes and Mauricio Carrasco pulled one back
for Roberto Sensini's team.
San Lorenzo won a game of controversial refereeing
Federico Dominguez put Gimnasia ahead after half an hour by
converting a hotly-disputed penalty awarded for hand ball.
The hosts were on the wrong end of another controversial
decision when Jorge San Esteban was sent off in the 48th minute
San Lorenzo equalised with a Carlos Kletnicki own goal on
the hour before Bernardo Romeo scored an 83rd-minute winner.
German Denis scored twice in the first half to set
Independiente on their way to a 3-0 win over Newell's Old Boys
in their last game under interim coach Miguel Santoro.
Uruguayan Guillermo Rodriguez added the third in the 45th
minute as Independiente went sixth, four points behind the
Santoro will make way for Claudio Borghi, who will become
in the latest in a long line of coaches bidding to resurrect
the once-mighty Red Devils.
Independiente, South American champions a record seven
times, have slumped into mid-table mediocrity in the last few
(Writing by Brian Homewood in Rio de Janeiro; Editing by Ed