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Estudiantes, Godoy Cruz win as Clausura begins

Estudiantes, Godoy Cruz win as Clausura begins

Mauro Boselli hit two goals as Estudiantes La Plata started Argentina's Clausura tournament with a 3-0 home win against Arsenal on Friday.
Earlier in the day, striker Federico Higuain scored the winning goal in the tournament's opening match as Godoy Cruz claimed a 1-0 home win against Gimnasia La Plata.
The Argentine league season is split into two tournaments, starting with the Apertura tournament played in the second half of each year, followed by the Clausura tournament at the start of the following year.
Banfield won the Apertura championship in December. Estudiantes, the current Copa Libertadores holder, is among the favorites for the 2010 Clausura tournament.
The rest of the matches in round one will be played on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday it's: Tigre-Chacarita Juniors, Racing-Rosario Central, Velez Sarsfield-Colon, Atletico Tucuman-San Lorenzo.
On Sunday, it's: River Plate-Banfield, Newell's Old Boys-Independiente, Lanus-Huracan, Argentinos Juniors-Boca Juniors.
Midfielder Marcelo Carrusca scored the first goal for Estudiantes against Arsenal in the 41st minute, finishing at the back post after a low cross from ex-Espanyol fullback Clemente Rodriguez.
Boselli notched the second in the 66th, rounding Arsenal goalkeeper Cristian Campestrini and rolling into an empty net.
Campestrini spilled a long range shot shortly after and compounded the error by tripping Boselli in the box as the Estudiantes forward reacted quickest to the loose ball. Boselli sent Campestrini the wrong way from the ensuing penalty in the 71st minute.
In the western city of Mendoza, second-half substitute Higuain _ brother of Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain _ forced a shot past goalkeeper Gaston Sessa in the 71st minute to give Godoy Cruz a 1-0 win against Gimnasia.
Godoy Cruz and Gimnasia are predicted to be among the strugglers this season, with both clubs changing coaches ahead of the Clausura tournament.


Updated : 2021-05-14 13:36 GMT+08:00