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Benavidez strike sinks Boca Juniors

25 Nov 2021, 16:55 GMT+10

BUENOS AIRES, Nov. 24 (Xinhua) -- A first-half goal from Uruguayan midfielder Carlos Benavidez gave Independiente a 1-0 home win over Boca Juniors in Argentina's Primera Division on Thursday.

Benavidez struck with a diving header in the 20th minute after Alan Velasco's low cross from the right flank.

Boca were forced to play the last 10 minutes with 10 men after Carlos Izquierdoz was shown a straight red card for striking opponent Alan Velasco with an elbow to the abdomen.

Independiente are now ninth in the 26-team Primera Division standings while Boca are fifth with three matchdays remaining in the season.

In other Primera Division fixtures on Wednesday, Newell's Old Boys won 1-0 at home to Central Cordoba, Banfield drew 0-0 at Sarmiento and Defensa y Justicia won 4-0 at Atletico Tucuman.

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