By DAVID MOSSE
Mexican striker Guillermo Franco can't stop scoring, but suddenly Velez Sarsfield has stopped winning with Sunday's 2-1 loss to Olimpo representing the third straight match without a victory in all competitions. The reigning Clausura champions showed more initiative throughout, but lacked ideas offensively and were undone by some slack defending following the intermission.
Martin Rolle gave the hosts the lead early in the first half, only for Franco to equalize five minutes before halftime, but El Fortin put forth a terrible performance the rest of the way. Just moments after Ivan Bella squandered an incredible opportunity created by Juan Manuel Martinez, Olimpo took the lead through Nestor Bareiro, who pounced on a lovely feed from Adrian Lucero.
Velez had a chance to equalize once more when Franco was hauled down in the box by midfielder Ariel Rosada, but the veteran hitman was denied from the penalty spot by Laureano Tombolini. The Olimpo goalkeeper came up with more impressive saves to preserve the victory, as the Aurinegro picked up their first win, while Ricardo Gareca's side suffered its second league defeat.
Here's a rundown of all the weekend scores from South America's top leagues:
Julio Falcioni has come under fire of late, but it was his counterpart who succumb to the pressure on Sunday following Boca Juniors' 1-0 win over Independiente. Defender Rolando Schiavi scored the only goal of the match early in the second half, and manager Antonio Mohamed was relieved of his duties afterward. Christian Diaz will assume control on an interim basis for Los Diablos.
Estudiantes de La Plata is suffering through a miserable campaign with the latest defeat coming at the hands of Lanus on Saturday. Mario Regueiro and Silvio Romero scored the goals for El Granate, while Mariano Gonzalez found the back of the net for the visitors. Miguel Angel Russo's side is still winless in this Apertura Championship and now mired in second-to last place.
Newell's Old Boys 0, Atletico Colon 0
Tigre 1, Atletico Banfield 0
San Lorenzo 0, Belgrano 1
Arsenal Sarandi 1, Deportivo Godoy Cruz 2
CA All Boys 0, Racing Club 0
San Martin 0, Argentinos Juniors 0
Union 0, Atletico Rafaela 1
Former World Player of the Year Rivaldo came off the bench to score a sensational goal, as Sao Paulo knocked off Figueirense 2-1 on Saturday to move into second place in the table. Cicero also found the back of the net for the Paulista side, which overcame the absence of Lucas Moura, away on international duty. With Luis Fabiano nearing a return, Sao Paulo could be the team to beat.
Argentinean midfielder Damian Escudero found the back of the net for the first time with his new club, and striker Andre Lima added a hat-trick, as Gremio thrashed Atletico Paranaense 4-0 on Sunday to distance itself from the relegation zone. It was the third straight victory at home for Celso Roth's side, which still finds itself 14th in the table with a difficult schedule coming up.
Atletico Mineiro 2, Avai 0
Fluminense 3, Atletico Goianiense 2
Coritiba 1, Corinthians 0
Palmeiras 1, Cruzeiro 1
America Minas Gerais 4, Vasco Da Gama 1
Ceara 1, Internacional 1
Flamengo 1, Bahia 3
Chivas Guadalajara is back in first place in the Apertura standings after finally making up a match from the third round against Tijuana on Friday night. Veteran defender Hector Reynoso scored the only goal late in the first half, as Chivas reached 16 points through seven rounds. It was the first-ever visit to the Estadio Caliente for Jose Luis Real's side, which has lost only one league game.
Jaguares knocked off Santos Laguna 3-2, spelling the end for Argentinean manager Diego Cocca, who was relieved of his duties after the match, becoming the third coach to lose his job this season. Morelia boss Tomas Boy has also been on the hot seat, but Sunday's 3-2 victory over San Luis should relieve some of the pressure. Morelia is 15th in the standings with seven points.
What did you think of this week's results? Impressed by the Olimpo-Velez Sarsfield match? Think Sao Paulo can continue its impressive form?