River Plate tops San Lorenzo for fourth straight win

09/02/2014 12:38 PM

09/02/2014 12:45 PM

Buenos Aires, Argentina (SportsNetwork.com) - River Plate secured its fourth successive victory in league play by cruising to a 3-1 defeat of nine-man San Lorenzo on Sunday.

San Lorenzo had taken a shock lead after six minutes through Mauro Matos, but Leonardo Pisculichi managed to level the score for River Plate six minutes later.

The equalizer galvanized the visitors who went on to collect all three points behind a 59th-minute strike from Teofilo Gutierrez.

San Lorenzo was reduced to 10 men in the 78th minute when Juan Mercier was given a straight red card, helping Lucas Boye extend River Plate's lead with a goal shortly after.

Things went further south for San Lorenzo late in the contest when Mauro Cetto was dismissed for a second caution, capping a disappointing home defeat to leave the club second from bottom in the Argentine top flight with three points through four games.

River Plate moves to the top of the league by improving to 13 points, going one point clear of Velez Sarsfield following its 3-1 defeat to Boca Juniors on Sunday.

Also on Sunday, Belgrano brushed Atletico Rafaela aside in a 3-0 victory while Independiente overturned an early deficit to collect three points from a 2-1 home defeat of Racing.

Saturday's action saw Newell's edge Estudiantes, 1-0, behind a second-half strike from Mauricio Tevez while Rosario Central netted three goals in the span of 26 second-half minutes to claim a 3-1 victory over Defensia y Justicia. Gimnasia La Plata also earned three points by downing Godoy Cruz in a 2-0 win.

Miguel Borja went from villain to hero in Olimpo's 1-1 draw at Lanus on Saturday. After conceding an own goal to grant the hosts the lead after 12 minutes, Borja made amends by breaking through to the equalizer 20 minutes from time.

Also on Saturday, Arsenal earned a 1-0 victory over Banfield while Tigre and Quilmes split the points in a 0-0 draw.

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