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Boca hit four to complete Gimnasia game

BUENOS AIRES, Nov 8 (Reuters) - Argentine championship leaders Boca Juniors hit four goals in 45 minutes to beat Gimnasia-La Plata 4-1 on Wednesday as they completed a match suspended in September because of threats made to the referee.

Boca had been trailing 1-0 in the original match on Sept. 10 when referee Daniel Gimenez abandoned the game at halftime, saying he had been threatened in his dressing-room by Gimnasia president Juan Jose Munoz during the break.

After what Argentine media described as the longest halftime break in history, the two sides returned to the Estadio Unico on Wednesday to play two mini-halves of 23 and 22 minutes with Gimenez again in charge.

Gimnasia have hit a rough patch since the first game and Boca - playing with a different coach from the first half - needed only five minutes to turn the score around.

Striker Martin Palermo won and converted a controversial penalty one minute after the restart, then Rodrigo Palacio broke clear of the Gimnasia defence and rounded goalkeeper Carlos Kletnicki to score.

Guillermo Marino made it 3-1 four minutes after the break and Palacio added his second with four minutes left.

Boca, who have 35 points from 14 games, went four points clear of River Plate and Estudiantes at the top of the Apertura championship with five games each to play.

Under Argentina Football Association (AFA) rules, the teams were allowed to field different line-ups from the first half of the game and yellow cards from the first 45 minutes were not carried through.

Ricardo La Volpe has replaced Alfio Basile, who has left to take over the Argentina national side, as Boca coach.

Gimnasia president Munoz was suspended for six months from his position on the AFA's executive committee but his duties with his club have not been affected.

He denied threatening the referee.