BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – River Plate moved six points clear at the top of Argentine football after drawing 2-2 on Monday against Velez Sarsfield in the framework of the 18th round of the professional league.
River has reached 41 points in the standings, the product of 13 wins, two draws and three losses, while his keeper San Lorenzo has 35 points after losing 1-0 against Barracas Central on Sunday.
In a game played at the Jose Amalfitani Stadium, the team led by Martin Demichelis opened the scoring through Paraguayan Robert Rojas after 26 minutes.
Vélez scored the first equalizer in the 52nd minute through veteran scorer Lucas Prato with a cross touch after Christian Ordóñez’s low cross from the right area.
Rivera scored again after 82 minutes with a header from Lucas Beltran following a cross from the right by Andres Herrera.
Four minutes later, Vélez reached the final equalizer with a long-range shot from Francisco Ortega, which found no resistance from goalkeeper Franco Armani and prevented River from taking much advantage at the top.
Rivers midfielder Rodrigo Aleandro told local television, “We are a bit hot because we lost two points. We played well, but in the end they tied us. We have to keep going.”
Earlier, in a match played at Tomas Duco Stadium, Union de Santa Fe defeated Huracan 1–0 thanks to a goal by Mauro Luna Dialle in the 22nd minute.
In other matches on Monday, Banfield beat Rosario Central 2–0 at home, while Colón and Central Córdoba drew 2–2 and Instituto and Estudiantes were held goalless.
On Sunday, Boca Juniors beat Tigre 1–0, Newell’s Old Boys beat Godoy Cruz 2–0 and Tallares beat Argentino Juniors 1–0, while the Defensa y Justicia – Racing Club match ended on one goal. ended in a draw.
On Saturday, Platense beat Belgrano de Córdoba 1–0 and Lanus scored a 1–1 draw against Independiente, while Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata and Sarmiento de Junín drew goalless.
The day started with a 1-0 win for Atlético Tucumán at home against Arsenal de Sarandí on Friday.
(Reporting by Ramiro Scandolo; Editing by Jorge Otaola)