Boca march on, derby joy for Santos

Argentinian Clausura leaders Boca Juniors downed Buenos Aires rivals San Lorenzo to extend their unbeaten run to 35 games, while Santos got the better of neighbours Corinthians in the weekend’s big state game in Brazil.

FIFA.com has the details on those stories and more at it rounds up the latest action from the Americas.

Argentina: No stopping Boca
Reigning champions Boca Juniors prevailed 2-0 at big-city rivals San Lorenzo to stay out in front in the Clausura and stretch their undefeated run to 35 matches. The win was also Boca coach Julio Cesar Falcioni’s first against El Ciclón, the only member of Argentina’s so-called Big Four he had yet to defeat since taking charge at La Bombonera. In that time the Xeneizes boss has won four clásicos, drawn three and lost just the one, against San Lorenzo last year, having now gone six Buenos Aires derbies unbeaten. Falcioni expressed his pride at that record, tweeting “Derbies are there to win” after the game.

Tigre beat Lanus 1-0 to stay second on goal difference behind Boca in the Clausura table and move to within three points of San Lorenzo in the overall relegation table, though they remain in the drop zone. Elsewhere, Ramon Diaz announced his resignation as Independiente coach following their fourth straight defeat, while no fewer than 16 cards were dished out in a fractious 2-2 draw between Union Santa Fe and Colon.

Mexico: Monarcas reign supreme
Monarcas Morelia eased to a 3-0 win at Queretaro, their fifth victory in as many games, to stay two points clear of the Mexican Clausura field and on course for a place in the end-of-season play-offs. Since collecting a solitary point in their opening two games, the in-form Monarcas have amassed 19 in their last seven. Defeat left struggling Queretaro rooted to the bottom of the table, behind Estudiantes Tecos on goal difference.

Brazil: Santos finally trump O Timão
Santos and Corinthians limbered up for their Libertadores engagements this week with a head-to-head Sao Paulo championship meeting at the Vila Belmiro. And in running out 1-0 winners, O Peixe put an end to O Timão’s impressive run of 17 games without defeat in the fixture, known locally as O Clássico Alvinegro, and to an unbeaten record that stretched all the way back to 6 November. The victory, secured by an Ibson goal after fine work by the outstanding Ganso, was Santos’s seventh win on the trot in the competition and left them two points behind Corinthians at the top of the table. In the Mineiro championship, meanwhile, Atletico collected their fifth win in five games with a 2-1 defeat of America, with goals from Marcos Rocha and Guilherme cancelling out Fabio Junior’s opener.

Elsewhere
In Uruguay, Fabian Estoyanoff scored twice as Penarol cantered to a 4-2 win over Cerro Largo to maintain their 100 per cent record three games into the new Clausura season. The table-topping Carboneros have scored eight in their last two outings, those goals coming from seven different scorers.

O’Higgins continue to surprise in Chile, with Eduardo Berizzo’s side having followed up their defeat of Universidad de Chile by downing Universidad de Concepcion 3-1 to stay out front with six games gone.

Finally, in Colombia Atletico Huila maintained their fine defensive record with a 2-0 defeat of Deportivo Quindio. Having conceded just twice in the opening six games of the season, Atletico are joint top with Deportes Tolima on 13 points.