Boca move closer to third straight title

November 27, 2006

BUENOS AIRES, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Boca Juniors stayed four points clear of Estudiantes with two games to play after both teams won in the Argentine championship at the weekend.

Boca moved closer to their third title in a row by thrashing lowly Colon 4-1 and Estudiantes beat Racing Club 2-0 to chalk up their 10th win in a row.

Despite speculation that the players were unhappy with coach Ricardo La Volpe's training methods, Boca are only one win away from clinching an Apertura championship which has been marred by crowd riots and intimidation.

Neri Cardozo gave Boca a 17th-minute lead which was wiped out by a penalty converted by Colombian playmaker Giovanny Hernandez six minutes later.

However, Guillermo Marino put Boca back in front in the 51st minute and striker Rodrigo Palacio sealed the points by helping himself to two goals in the last half hour.

Diego Galvan and Gonzalo Saucedo scored in each half as Diego Simeone's Estudiantes, the only team who can catch Boca, beat Racing.