Martin Palermo celebrates his hat trick at San Lorenzo today that propelled Boca Juniors to the top of the standings in Argentina's Torneo Apertura. Boca, 7-1 winners, stand alone with maximum points after four games, three ahead of second place Estudiantes who lost their first game of the tournament this afternoon at home to Belgrano 2-1.
In an exhibition of skillful, precision soccer, Boca took San Lorenzo back behind the woodshed to record their eleventh consecutive win a row (going back to last season). The Buenos Aires derby match had started brightly for San Lorenzo, their speed down the left producing a couple of half-chances that should have put Boca under more pressure. The deadlock was broken in the twenty-third minute when a defensive lapse by Oscar Ruggeri's team let in the first of three first-half goals, with Palermo scoring twice in the span of six minutes. San Lorenzo's Sebastian Ariel Mendez saw his second yellow in the eightieth minute, with Palermo scoring his third six minutes later.
With no international break in Argentina, both teams will be in action next Sunday. Boca hosts Estudiantes for a top of the table clash and San Lorenzo hope to put this one behind them when they travel to Banfield. [ESPN Soccernet]
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