River Plate goes top as Gimnasia stumbles

 

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Buenos Aires, Argentina (SportsNetwork.com) - River Plate moved two points clear at the top of Argentina's Clausura with one game to play as the team claimed a 2-0 win at Argentinos Juniors.

River entered the weekend level on points with Gimnasia LP, but after Gimnasia lost 2-0 at Quilmes, River took advantage with second-half goals from Gabriel Mercado and Teofilo Gutierrez.

It took until the 69th minute for River to open the scoring as Mercado stabbed home a loose ball after a failed clearance from the Arg. Juniors defense, while Gutierrez scored nine minutes later to double the advantage after Fernando Cavenaghi forced a turnover.

Gimnasia fell behind five minutes into the second half through an own goal from Fernando Monetti before a stoppage-time tally from Lucas Perez wrapped up the win for Quilmes.

Estudiantes moved into second place and is two points back of River Plate after a 3-0 win over San Lorenzo that saw Franco Jara score twice.

River can now clinch the title on Sunday with a win over Quilmes, while Estudiantes must win at Tigre and hope that River drops points.

Olimpo notched a 3-1 home victory over Godoy Cruz that sees Godoy's title hopes come to an end with the team falling five points off the pace.

Newell's secured a 4-2 win over last-place All Boys behind two first-half goals from Ezequiel Ponce, Atletico Rafaela and Tigre traded second-half goals in a 1-1 draw, Velez Sarsfield topped Colon, 2-0, with a pair of goals from Mauro Zarate in the first 15 minutes, Racing and Rosario Central played to a 0-0 draw, Boca Juniors downed Lanus, 3-1, and Belgrano and Arsenal played out a 0-0 stalemate.

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