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Apr 6, 2015

Soccer-Boca win, go top as Osvaldo returns to old stomping ground

BUENOS AIRES, April 5 (Reuters) – Boca Juniors went top of the Argentine championship with a 2-0 win at Huracan on Sunday thanks to a brace from midfielder Marcelo Meli.

The match marked the return of Boca striker Daniel Osvaldo to Huracan’s Duco ground where he began his career 10 years ago in the second division before moving to Italy as a 19-year-old.

Apr 1, 2015

Soccer-Argentina and Mexico notch second U.S. tour wins

March 31 (Reuters) – Argentina beat Ecuador 2-1 to notch a second straight Copa America warm-up victory without Lionel Messi at a freezing MetLife stadium in New Jersey on Tuesday.

In other friendlies in the United States ahead of the June 11-July 4 tournament in Chile, Mexico beat Paraguay 1-0 and Venezuela overcame Peru by the same score.

Mar 31, 2015

Match abandoned as violence continues to plague Argentine game

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Arsenal’s Argentine championship match at home to Aldosivi was abandoned after half an hour because of fighting among fans that spilled into clashes with police on Monday.

The score was 1-0 to the visitors after a 23rd-minute goal by midfielder Diego Lagos. The Argentine FA will set a new date for the remaining 60 minutes to be played.

Mar 31, 2015

Soccer-Match abandoned as violence continues to plague Argentine game

BUENOS AIRES, March 31 (Reuters) – Arsenal’s Argentine championship match at home to Aldosivi was abandoned after half an hour because of fighting among fans that spilled into clashes with police on Monday.

The score was 1-0 to the visitors after a 23rd-minute goal by midfielder Diego Lagos. The Argentine FA will set a new date for the remaining 60 minutes to be played.

Mar 29, 2015

Argentina, Mexico notch Copa America warmup wins

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Argentina rested Lionel Messi to let him recover from a sore foot but still had too much attacking firepower for El Salvador on Saturday as they ran out 2-0 winners in a friendly in Washington.

Coach Gerardo Martino fielded a side led by Angel Di Maria that included only three others from the 2014 World Cup, and tested a two-pronged attack in Carlos Tevez and Gonzalo Higuain.

Mar 29, 2015

Soccer-Argentina, Mexico notch Copa America warmup wins

BUENOS AIRES, March 29 (Reuters) – Argentina rested Lionel Messi to let him recover from a sore foot but still had too much attacking firepower for El Salvador on Saturday as they ran out 2-0 winners in a friendly in Washington.

Coach Gerardo Martino fielded a side led by Angel Di Maria that included only three others from the 2014 World Cup, and tested a two-pronged attack in Carlos Tevez and Gonzalo Higuain.

Mar 29, 2015

Soccer-No crowd but lots of goals as San Lorenzo crush Lanus 4-0

BUENOS AIRES, March 28 (Reuters) – San Lorenzo, playing behind closed doors as punishment for fan violence, made light of the lack of atmosphere to crush Lanus 4-0 and go top of the Argentine first division on Saturday.

Striker Mauro Matos scored twice and also earned a penalty at a silent Nuevo Gasometro, where a linesman had been hit by a bottle thrown from the stands at a match last month.

Mar 26, 2015

Soccer-Falcao hits brace for six-goal Colombia, Chile lose 2-0

BUENOS AIRES, March 26 (Reuters) – World Cup quarter-finalists Colombia cruised to a 6-0 rout of Bahrain while Chile lost 2-0 to Iran in contrasting Copa America warm-ups for the two South American teams on Thursday.

Colombia captain Radamel Falcao laid on an opening 14th-minute goal for strike partner Carlos Bacca then scored twice in five minutes, his first a sweet volley, as Colombia hardly broke sweat at Bahrain’s National Stadium in Riffa.

Mar 23, 2015

Argentine referee winded by paper roll thrown from crowd

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Argentine championship leaders Rosario Central dropped their first points in a 1-1 draw at Atletico Rafaela on Sunday in a match almost suspended after referee German Delfino was hit by a roll of paper thrown from the crowd.

Delfino was winded by the blow near the end of the first half but after a six-minute delay allowed the match to go on.

Mar 20, 2015

Martino hits out at proximity of Champions League final with Copa America

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Argentina coach Gerardo Martino complained about the scheduling of the European Champions League final which could involve a number of his players five days before the Copa America kicks off in Chile.

The Champions League final in Berlin is scheduled for June 6 and a large number of South American internationals play for the eight clubs that have reached the quarter-finals. “We need to have the players from the first day and they are very keen to take part in the Copa America but they are also going to want to play the Champions League final after preparing all year,” Martino said.

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