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Scocco shows class as 10-man River Plate extend Superliga lead

Buenos Aires, Feb 3 (IANS) Veteran forward Nacho Scocco scored a superb solo goal as 10-man River Plate extended their lead at the top of the Argentinian Superliga standings with 2-0 home victory over Central Cordoba.

The hosts suffered a blow in the 14th minute when Paulo Diaz was shown a straight red card for tripping Gervasio Nunez off the ball, reports the Xinhua news agency.

However, River equalized on the stroke of half-time through Colombian centre-forward Rafael Borre, who met Matias Suarez’s inch-perfect cross from the left with a simple tap in at the far post on Sunday.

Scocco, introduced off the bench in the 75th minute, provided a moment of class in stoppage time by dancing around defender Oscar Salomon and Diego Rodriguez before rolling a shot into an unguarded net from a tight angle.

The result marked River’s third straight Superliga victory and left them with 36 points from 18 matches.

Meanwhile, Lanus kept their title hopes alive with a 2-0 home victory over Godoy Cruz. Marcelino Moreno put the hosts ahead on the hour mark before Jose Sand doubled the advantage in the 80th minute.

–IANS

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