Title race gets uglier

And so the plot thickens.

Boca Juniors beat San Lorenzo in the second game of the three-way play-off. Lowly Tigre remain in third place, and now play Boca Juniors on Wednesday with a win, draw or even 1-0 defeat for Argentina's most supported side handing them the title.

On Saturday night, it was another ill-tempered affair when Boca beat a nine-man San Lorenzo 3-1. And as usual in Argentina, the match had just about everything: great goals, horrific injuries, red cards and goalkeeping gaffes.

Chavez (centre) celebrates netting killer third

Amazingly, no serious injuries were reported after a shocking first-half clash between Boca defender Juan Forlin and Andres Silvera, although both were taken to hospital. Lucas Viatri opened the scoring for Boca and it stayed that way until a horrendous goalkeeping error from Boca's Javier Garcia allowed a shot from Solari sneek in.

Still, Boca's star striker Rodrigo Palacio added a second in the 77th minute, and a delightful goal from Cristian Chavez, thanks to a superb cross from Riquelme, settled the matter – to the wild jubilation of the Boca hardcore, who surged through the stadium.

In the last 10 minutes tempers frayed and Aguirre and Bergessio were both sent off for San Lorenzo.

Riquelme will now miss the final game against Tigre after receiving his fifth yellow card. But he may not be the only one missing in action. Argie Bargy would never wish to be labelled a cynic, but Tigre are well-known 'friends' of Boca…


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