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River of tears (VIDEO)
by Ian Plenderleith, October 28th, 2008 7AM



[ARGENTINA] It was another bad week in an increasingly torrid season for reigning Argentine champion River Plate, as it rounded off its third defeat in eight days with a 1-0 loss to Gimnasia y Esgrima Jujuy. It is still separated from the league's bottom spot by nothing more than a slender margin of goal difference.

River Coach Diego Simeone is still in a job, but he is reportedly ready to fall on his sword if River fails to reach the semifinals of the Copa Sudamericana. That goal looks unlikely given that River lost the home first leg of the home-and-away quarterfinal to Chivas de Guadalajara 2-1 last Wednesday. By the time the return game is played November 6, the club's patience with the former Argentine national team midfield star may already have been exhausted.

Leader San Lorenzo lost deservedly, 2-1, at Racing Club, but remained two points clear at the top. Second-place CA Tigre closed the gap after a 3-0 road win at Huracan on goals from the prolific Martin Morel, Matias Gimenez and Leonel Altobelli (VIDEO). Boca Juniors moved up to third spot, three points behind Tigre, after leaving it late to beat Rosario Central 2-1. Nicolas Gaitan scored the 87th minute gamewinner.

For once, Boca did its River rival a favor. Had Gaitan not scored that winner, a point for Rosario would have moved it off bottom spot at River's expense.

There is a full round of midweek games. Tigre hosts Independiente Tuesday, while on Wednesday River Plate will aim for only its second win of the season at home to Newell's Old Boys. San Lorenzo entertains Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata, and Boca travels to Banfield.

HIGHLIGHT: Gaitan's winner for Boca, beautifully worked from right to left and back into the middle for a close-range finish on the volley.



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