Newell extend lead with 3-1 win at Boca

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:04 IST

Ivan Borghello scored two goals in four minutes as Newell's Old Boys tightened their grip on the top spot in the Argentine Apertura championship.

Buenos Aires:

Ivan Borghello scored two goals in four minutes as Newell's Old Boys tightened their grip on the top spot in the Argentine Apertura championship with a 3-1 win over Boca Juniors on Sunday. Borghello netted a free kick in the 30th minute and added another in the 34th to push Newell's three points ahead of second-place Estudiantes, who drew 2-2 with Independiente on Friday. With two rounds to play, Newell's are looking well set for their first league title since 1991. Borgello strikes Forward Juan Borgello put Newell's in the driving seat when he scored twice in a five-minute spell before half-time. His first came in the 30th minute from a free-kick that found him in space and through Boca's defence; with only the goalkeeper to beat he made no mistake. Borgello struck again five minutes later - the beneficiary of a lucky rebound off Boca goalkeeper Roberto Abbondanzieri. Maidana scores Defender Julian Maidana scored Newell's third soon after the restart, again from a freekick. Boca scored a consolation effort in the 76th minute through Mauro Boselli but it was too little, too late. Maidana was sent off in the last minute for a second bookable offence but that left no time for mid-table Boca to profit from their numerical superiority. The win puts Newell's three points ahead of second-place Estudiantes, who drew 2-2 away to Independiente on Friday after going 2-0 up in seven minutes. (AP)

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