Juan Roman Riquelme of Boca Juniors looks on during the Emirates Cup match between Arsenal and Boca Juniors. Boca open the Argentine Primera 2012 Clausura season against Olimpo on February 10, 2012. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Argentine Primera, Clausura Week 1: Riquelme Brilliant In Boca Win Friday; Estudiantes Held Saturday

Boca Juniors were not brilliant against Olimpo, but Juan Roman Riquelme had two flashes of brilliance. On Saturday, Estudiantes and Belgrano were held while San Martin grabbed a win.

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Argentine Primera Week 1, Saturday Scores: Newell's Draw Estudiantes, San Martin Beat Independiente

Estudiantes got their potential title push off to a less than optimal start on Saturday evening, as they gave up a 1-0 lead and dropped points. They will presumably look better when they're able to play Enzo Perez, who was not registered in time for their first match, but they won't be thrilled to start with a home draw. Elsewhere, All Boys grabbed a decent road point and San Martin got off to a good start.

Estudiantes La Plata 1-1 Newell's Old Boys

Newell's and Estudiantes both struggled last tournament and played below their talent level, Estudiantes much more so. To fix their woes, Newell's hired former Paraguay manager Gerardo Martino in the offseason, and he started the season with a result reminiscent of his time with Paraguay. Estudiantes looked the slightly better side, but Newell's defended well and gritted out a draw. Mauro Boselli scored from the spot for Estudiantes in the first half and Maximiliano Urruti scored the Newell's equalizer.

Belgrano de Cordoba 0-0 All Boys

All Boys will eventually need wins to play themselves out of the relegation playoff places, but they'll be happy with a road point against Belgrano. The home side was slightly better and created a higher volume of chances, but the game didn't have much in the way of clear-cut chances and a 0-0 draw was a fair result.

San Martin de San Juan 1-0 Independiente

Two mid-table teams from the last tournament and likely mid-table teams from this tournament played to a fairly predictable result, with the home side grabbing a one-goal win in a tight match. Gastón Caprari scored the game's only goal, assisted by Federico Poggi. In stoppage time, Independiente's Matias De Federico picked up a second yellow card and was sent off.


Argentine Primera Week 1, Friday Scores: Boca Juniors, Lanus Record Wins

Boca Juniors didn't look great in their first match of the new Argentine Primera season, but two moments of brilliance helped them to an easy win over relegation favorites Olimpo at La Bombanera. Elsewhere, Lanus looked very much like title contenders in a crushing victory over San Lorenzo.

Boca Juniors 2-0 Olimpo

Olimpo got off to an absolutely brilliant start in this match, creating a shot on target in the first 15 seconds. Unfortunately for them, that was the best that it would get. The Boca Juniors midfield looked poor in the early going while Juan Roman Riquelme struggled to impose himself on the game. That was, until he set up the opening goal. In the 40th minute, Roman hit a beautiful chip to Pablo Mouche, who headed down for Dario Cvitanich. Boca's leading scorer from the Apertura punched it in, giving his team the lead.

Boca weren't a whole lot better in the second half, but found another goal in similar fashion, through the brilliance of Riquelme. He played a fantastic through ball into the box for Mouche, who took a low shot that was saved by Matías Ibáñez. He gave up a rebound, though, and Mouche didn't miss his second chance.

Lanus 4-1 San Lorenzo

Lanus were slightly disappointing in their last tournament but look good for a title challenge on this performance. At the same time, San Lorenzo don't look like they'll be able to play themselves out of the relegation places. Their set piece defending, in particular, was abysmal. Diego Braghieri and Matias Fritzler both scored from set pieces in the first 15 minutes, and Mariano Pavone added a third in the 25th minute. The former River man would make it a brace in the 49th minute, sealing the win for his side.

Carlos Bueno scored for San Lorenzo on his debut, netting in the 58th minute, but his team never had a shot at mounting a comeback. They lost their cool late, and had both Nicolas Bianchi and Fernando Meza sent off near the end of the match.

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