Maradona watches Boca Juniors go top in Argentina
By Luis Ampuero
BUENOS AIRES, Aug 29 (Reuters) - Diego Maradona returned to his beloved Bombonera stadium to watch Boca Juniors beat Racing Club 2-1 to go level with Velez Sarsfield and River Plate at the top of the Argentine championship on Sunday.
The former Argentina captain, a fanatical Boca fan who has his own private VIP box at the ground, was back for the first time since April 18 when he was rushed into intensive care with a swollen heart and breathing problems after watching a game.
Maradona, who has been confined to a psychiatric clinic on the outskirts of Buenos Aires for the last three months, is fighting to obtain a judge's permission to leave Argentina and resume treatment for cocaine addiction in Cuba.
Striker Martin Palermo, back with the club after three years in Spain, scored both goals as Boca ended Racing's 100 percent record in the Apertura championship.
Palermo, who played in Spain for Villarreal and Alaves, fired Boca in front with a left-foot shot after five minutes and headed the winner on the hour.
In between, Lisandro Lopez equalised for Racing with his fourth goal in three games.
Boca have 10 points from four games and are joint top with Velez Sarsfield, who have an identical goal difference after their 2-1 win over Lanus.
River Plate, who picked up a 2-0 victory at Instituto, are also on 10 points but have an inferior goal difference.
Promoted Argentinos Juniors were left bottom with no points from four matches after crashing to a 1-0 home defeat against Estudiantes.
Angry fans demanded the resignation of Argentinos Juniors coach Sergio Batista.
San Lorenzo, with Hector Veira back as coach, twice came from behind to draw 2-2 at Independiente.
Nestor Gorosito quit San Lorenzo two games into the Apertura and was replaced by Veira, one of the few men to have coached both River Plate and Boca Juniors.
Veira led San Lorenzo to the Clausura championship in 1995.