Lanús inflicted a painful defeat on its former coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto as two goals in the opening three minutes saw the south Buenos Aires outfit set a margin that was insurmountable for Boca.
A clearly exasperated Carlos Tévez was unable to find his way through, and neither was his strike partner Dani Osvaldo, who returned to the line-up after a long layoff due to a broken foot.
To make the defeat all the more jarring for the Xeneizes, the opening goal, in the opening minute, was scored by former Boca forward Lautaro Acosta who received the ball from the ricochet off his first attempt, before hitting it low and hard into the bottom left.
Just two minutes later, striker José Sand doubled the advantage, making it six goals for the season, when he managed to scrape the ball over the line from about an inch out after a corner wasn’t dealt with by the Boca defense. There was more than a hint of handball, but Sand didn’t care and clearly the referees didn’t either.
By this point, Carlitos visibly looked as if he was going to explode. Breathe deep Carlos, think of that yoghurt money. Usually when Tévez looks like that, he gets his way. A relentless, angry bulldog of a man.
But it wasn’t to be. As with all season, the final pass was lacking and the closest Boca came to breaking its duck was a well-struck freekick by midfielder Nicolás Lodeiro which struck the cross bar.
With Lanús happy to defend, and Boca seemingly unable to find any rhythm, breakthrough, luck or intensity, it fizzled out in the second half. Lanús, which had its first defeat inflicted upon it last weekend by Racing, took all three points to reclaim its lead at the top of Group B.
Boca, meanwhile, is languishing down in seventh on 11 points, 8 adrift of first place.
Next up for Boca is Atlético Rafaela on April 3rd, due to the international break where La Selección is facing Chile and Bolivia.