Vol. 5 Num 782 Tue. August 08, 2006  

Veron makes winning return

Estudiantes gave former Argentina midfielder Juan Sebastian Veron a winning return on Sunday as they won 1-0 at Quilmes in the Apertura championship.

It was an emotional afternoon for the former Manchester United, Inter Milan and Lazio midfielder, who was playing his first game for 11 years at the club where he was raised.

Veron played a part in the only goal as his long cross was misjudged by goalkeeper Fabian Ramirez, hit the crossbar and was tucked away by Mariano Pavone in the 33rd minute.

'I was very moved by the reception I got from the supporters, I've missed the Argentine public,' said Veron, who has spent the last ten years of his career in Europe.

It was also Estudiantes's first game under former Argentina captain Diego Simeone.

Striker Martin Palermo scored twice as defending champions Boca Juniors kicked off with a 3-0 win over Banfield.

Palmero scored the first in the 58th minute after Sebastian Battaglia found him unmarked in the area and the last in the 76th minute at the second attempt after his first shot was blocked.

Battaglia scored the other goal in between as he took advantage of poor marking by Banfield.

River Plate, Independiente, Racing Club and San Lorenzo, the other major Buenos Aires teams, also kicked off with wins.

River won 2-0 at Lanus thanks to a Maximiliano Vasquez own goal early in the second half followed immediately by a strike from teenager Gonzalo Higuain.

Former Argentina international Ariel Ortega came on in the second half as, like Veron, he returned to the club where he began his career.

Independiente gave 1986 World Cup winner Jorge Burruchaga a winning start as their new coach by trouncing Colon 4-1 away.

Sergio Orteman, German Denis, Rodrigo Diaz and Daniel Montenegro shared the goals in the second half after Colon had led at halftime through an Esteban Fuertes penalty.

Two late penalties converted by striker Facundo Sava gave Racing Club a 2-0 win over newly promoted Nueva Chicago on the return of coach Reinaldo Merlo.

Merlo was in charge in 2001 when they won the Apertura championship to end a 35-year wait for a major trophy.

A third-minute goal from Jonathan Bottinelli gave San Lorenzo a 1-0 win at Gimnasia-Jujuy.