Marcelo magic ensures Superclasico spoils shared

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As the taxi drivers huddled around bar windows, deftly ignoring anyone wanting to go anywhere, they watched as the cheers went up, firstly, for those in blue and yellow and then red and white.

However, it was the River fans feeling relieved at full-time having seen their team draw 1-1 at La Bombonera.

After a lousy run in the Copa Libertadores (down but not out), utter failure last season and an unconvincing campaign so far, River fans are finally beginning to lose their patience.

Palermo bags opener 

In the biggest game of the season, it was an ecstatic Martin Palermo who edged Boca ahead after 59 minutes in front of an even more elated crowd.

However, Marcelo Gallardo’s 25-yard free-kick soon put an end to the celebrations.

“We could of won it,” coach Nestor Gorosito said afterwards, or something similar. “River finished with a good image. I would have liked more of the ball, and not lose it so quickly… we had few chances that meet our potential.”

Boca, without the injured Juan Roman Riquelme (who will also be out of their Libertadores clash with Ecuadoreans Cuenca on Wednesday), remain in 13th position.

Under-performing they may be in the domestic league, but this is a team who have been together for several seasons, have some talented youngsters at their disposal and have a proven, but not stellar, record.

Gallardo levels 

Elsewhere, Velez leapfrogged Lanus and Colon to top the table. However, Huracan are fourth, their highest position in years, giving this correspondent reason to be slightly over-excited.

OK, they are still five points behind Lanus but Los Quemeros haven’t had too much to cheer about for, well, lets just say a long while. They walloped bottom-of-the-league Argentinos 4-1, each one of them a GOOOAAALLLLAAZZZOOO.

And if you're new to the Superclasico, the clips below provide a taster of what you've been missing out on.

River fans in the stands
Boca supporters stoke up the atmosphere

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