Boca downs Rafaela to draw ahead of River PlateAP , Associated Press
Aug. 18, 2013 10:38 PM ET
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A second half strike from Emanuel Insua handed Boca Juniors a 2-1 victory over Rafaela on Sunday, while archrival River Plate drew 0-0 against Godoy Cruz.
Boca now has six points from its first three games of the Argentine league along with leader Argentinos Juniors, Gimnasia and San Lorenzo. River has four points in joint third place.
In other results Sunday, reigning champion Newell's Old Boys drew 0-0 with Belgrano and Tigre defeated Racing 3-1.
Boca's winner came in the 68th minute, when Insua latched onto a back-heeled pass and hit a first time shot into the top left corner of the net.
Argentina great Juan Roman Riquelme had given Boca the lead in the 30th when he drilled the ball into the roof of the goal after a pass was laid off to him from an indirect free-kick inside the penalty box, but Luis Albertengo struck back for Rafaela 11 minutes later.
River struggled in the attacking third of the pitch and had a number of chances to win the game, but couldn't score.
The closest opportunity came in the 26th, when Giovanni Simeone's shot from Carlos Carbonero's cross forced a close-range save from Godoy Cruz goalkeeper Jorge Carranza.
Sergio Araujo found the net in the 18th minute, and again in the 54th of Tigre's win over Racing. Jose Sand added the third, before Rodrigo de Paul got a consolation for Racing in the 71st.
In Saturday games, Gimnasia won 3-1 against Rosario and Argentinos Juniors defeated San Lorenzo 3-0.
On Friday, Arsenal overcame Olimpo 3-1 and Colon secured a 1-0 victory over Quilmes.
The final two matches will be played on Monday when All Boys take on Velez and Lanus play Estudiantes.