Not-so-friendly clash ends with six red cards

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BUENOS AIRES: Boca Ju­niors and River Plate showed they do not need to play for points to be­come em­broiled in a match full of in­ci­dent and con­tro­versy af­ter three coaches and three play­ers were sent off in this week­end’s “su­per­cla­sico” friendly.

River won 2-0 in the tra­di­tional an­nual clash be­tween the great Ar­gen­tine ri­vals at the sea­side re­sort of Mar del Plata, a fix­ture which takes place dur­ing the sum­mer break in the sea­son.

A penalty by striker Se­bas­tian Driussi and Ecuadorean de­fender Ar­turo Mina’s header in the space of eight sec­ond-half min­utes sealed the re­sult.

Boca coach Guillermo Bar­ros Sch­e­lotto was sent off near the end of the first half for dis­sent.

His twin and No 2 Gus­tavo and River coach Marcelo Gal­lardo fol­lowed him to the stands for bring­ing their teams out from the half-time break well past the 15-minute dead­line, a rule ref­er­ees reg­u­larly en­force in Ar­gentina.

World Cup ref­eree Nestor Pi­tana then sent off Driussi and Boca’s Dario Benedetto and Juan In­saur­ralde fol­low­ing a free-for-all in­volv­ing both teams 10 min­utes from full-time af­ter a River player was brought down.

The win was a mea­sure of re­venge for River af­ter they suf­fered a 4-2 home de­feat in the league in De­cem­ber when a bril­liant Car­los Tevez scored twice in one of his last games for Boca be­fore his multi-mil­lion dol­lar move to China.

River face Lanus in the Ar­gen­tine Su­per­cup next Satur­day be­fore the league cham­pi­onship re­sumes the fol­low­ing week­end. Boca are top on 31 points from 14 matches, while River are sev­enth with 22. – Reuters

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