|Carlos Quintana scored the first goal in Huracán's historic 3-0 win in the Clásico Porteño|
The two key games in the title race were played on Friday night, Arsenal de Sarandí were beaten from 1-0 up at half time by Godoy Cruz, who have overtaken Arsenal as the side with the best away record in the division. In the next game Estudiantes got what they wanted at Vélez Sársfield, stifling the top scoring duo of Santiago Silva and Juan Manuel Martínez to record a 0-0 draw and maintain their 3 point advantage at the top.
Aside from Godoy Cruz the only one of the chasing pack to record a win were Newell's Old Boys who beat perennial strugglers Gimnasia y Esgrima de La Plata by one goal to nil. Gimnasia are really struggling for goals, unlike Tigre who beat Olimpo 3-2 in an entertaining encounter to move themselves away from the drop zone, their opening goal came from Denis Stracquelursi who joined from Gimnasia in the summer and is now only one goal behind the top scorers with six in twelve games, how Gimnasia could do with those goals now.
In the Clásico Porteño, Huracán inflicted a 3-0 defeat on San Lorenzo with two magnificent goals from Carlos Quintana and Facundo Quiroga then a twice taken penalty to score more than two goals against their fiercest rivals for the first time since 1976 and completely reverse the scoreline from the last encounter between the clubs. San Lorenzo now look completely out of the title race after 3 defeats in the last 4 games, and given the trigger happy mentality of most South American clubs, former Oxford United manager Ramón Diaz will be worrying about getting the sack.
Round 12 saw two encounters between the big five clubs, River Plate drew 1-1 with Racing Club to record their 5th consecutive draw and sixth game without a win. Independiente, buoyed by their midweek win in Copa Sudamericana gave Boca Juniors a good game but neither side could find the net, leaving them both in the bottom half of the table.
The surprise result of the round has to be Lanús' 1-2 home defeat to Colón, who seem to have recovered well from the double blow of losing their manager and getting anihilated 6-0 by Vélez in round 10.
Reigning champions Argentinos Juniors beat All Boys 1-0, and with 3 wins in the last five they can set themselves the realistic target of avoiding the embarrasment of finishing in the bottom few places of the division in the season following their first championship in 25 years.
Lastly we come to Quilmes, who are still without a win after 12 games after a 2-0 defeat to Banfield. With only six points they have an average of 0.5 points per game, even the dismal Gimnasia y Esgrima team have 1.114 points per game and Huracán (the team in the last safe position of 16th) have 1.227.
|Arsenal de Sarandí||1-3||Godoy Cruz|
|Argentinos Juniors||1-0||All Boys|
|River Plate||1-1||Racing Club|
|Newell's Old Boys||1-0||Gimnasia La Plata|
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