Boca Juniors regained control of the title race after defeating River Plate in the superclásico, taking control after every other team in the top five failed to win.
Yes, I know. La fecha de los clásicos isn’t technically over yet, but unless you care about Aldosivi, Crucero del Norte, Temperley or Quilmes (the football club, not the beer), tonight’s games are of little significance.
San Lorenzo, after beating Boca last weekend, lost 1-0 against lowly Huracán, meaning they dropped down into second place after Boca’s victory over River.
The Xeneize didn’t get off to the best of starts, when Argentine midfielder Fernando Gago went down injured after just 32 seconds (he’s subsequently undergone surgery and will be out for six months), but his replacement Nicolás Lodeiro ended up scoring the only goal of the game after 19 minutes. Every cloud, and all that.
The showpiece game of the weekend didn’t live up to its billing, with the Millionarios struggling without three of the four defenders who were instrumental in their Copa Libertadores victory. Boca keeper Agustín Orion preserved Boca’s lead both before and after halftime with two excellent saves from two headers from River striker Lucas Alario.
In Parque Patricios, a 72nd-minute free kick from Huracán midfielder Patricio Toranzo was enough to dent San Lorenzo’s title challenge, and after ending the game with nine players, Los Cuervos will have two players suspended for their next game.
The best game of the weekend was in Avellaneda, where Independiente beat Racing 3-0 in a dominant display. Racing didn’t help themselves when Marcos Acuña stupidly got himself sent off for elbowing Independiente striker Martín Benítez, who had opened the scoring two minutes previously. He actually had the cheek to spend ages protesting against the red card he received as well.
In Rosario, Rosario Central and Newell’s Old Boys ended goalless, while in La Plata Estudiantes scored a second half equalizer after Gimnasia took the lead in the first half.
The five clásicos on Sunday between them yielded four goals and the highlight of yesterday was quite possibly in Lanús’ 0-1 defeat against Banfield, when Banfield defender Sergio Vittor accidentally hit referee Germán Delfino in the neck, leaving him needing treatment before carrying on. Somehow, Vittor escaped without a booking.
For Nicolás Lodeiro, it was the perfect day: in the morning his son was born, in the evening he scored the winner in the superclásico. As Sunday’s go, they don’t get much better.
For Boca, it was the perfect weekend: no other team with any realistic chance of winning the title won, while Boca beat their arch rivals at El Monumental.
With six games left, Boca find themselves two points ahead of San Lorenzo and back in pole position to win their first league title since 2011.