Boca Juniors in command

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:36 IST

Boca Juniors took control of the Argentine Apertura standings with an emphatic 7-1 rout of San Lorenzo.

Boca Juniors in command

Buenos Aires:

Boca Juniors took control of the Argentine Apertura standings with an emphatic 7-1 rout of San Lorenzo. There were three goals from veteran Martin Palermo moving three points atop the table after only four rounds.Crosstown rival River Plate won for the first time since the opening round, beating Argentinos Juniors 2-0.Boca's victory left it as the only unbeaten and untied team in the Argentine first division. Besides Palermo, Rodrigo Palacio had two goals and Nery Cardozo and Andres Francoia had one each in the most lopsided first-division game in years.Ten minutes and ten menSan Lorenzo, which played the final 10 minutes with 10 men, managed to score with a 60th-minute goal by Santiago Hirsig."We never expected to rack up such a lopsided score. What a goal difference," midfielder Juan Krupoviesa said.Palermo's three gave him a 150 goals in his 14-year Argentine first-division career, having started with Estudiantes in 1992.The victory left Boca Juniors three points ahead of its closest pursuers, Independiente - which beat Banfield 2-1 - and Estudiantes, which lost 2-1 at home to Belgrano.Meanwhile, goals by Gonzalo Higuain in the 53rd and 70th minutes lifted River to its second win and kept it five points behind Boca in sixth place.In other matches, Rosario Central beat Lanus 2-1; Velez Sarsfield drew 0-0 with Arsenal of Sarandi; Nueva Chicago beat Quilmes 2-1; Newell's Old Boys had a scoreless draw against Racing Club and Godoy Cruz of Mendoza finished 0-0 with Gimnasia of Jujuy; Independiente edged Banfield 2-1; and Gimnasia y Esgrima went 3-2 over Colon of Santa Fe. (AP)



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