Boca Win Super Clasico In La Bombonera

Boca Juniors beat River Plate 2-0 to win the Super Clasico on Sunday and dealt blow to River's faltering league campaign. Boca were gifted the lead on 28 minutes after a howler from River goalkeeper, Juan Carrizo misjudged Pablo Mouche’s corner and punched the ball into his own net. Martin Palermo headed the second from close range three minutes later.

Palermo, Boca's record goalscorer, will retire at the end of the season and La Bombonera crowd gave the teary-eyed 37-year-old a prolonged standing ovation when he was substituted in the 72nd minute. Boca's Clemente Rodriguez and River's captain Matias Almeyda were sent off after clashing in stoppage time, with a visibly furious Almeyda needing a police escort off the pitch.

The win moved Boca within a point of its archrivals in the Clausura standings and seriously dented River's title hopes. With five matches remaining, River are in seventh with 22 points in seventh and Boca are in eight with 21 points in eighth, while league leaders Velez Sarsfield are on 27 points.

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