Another three-day feriado meant there was plenty of Primera Division action to settle into over the weekend.
Boca maintain gap at the top
Table topping Boca Juniors welcomed last-placed Arsenal de Sarandí to La Bombonera on Sunday and, as expected, eased to victory. A victory for the home side never looked in doubt as two first-half goals from striker Dario Benedetto took his tally for the season up to 14 goals (that`s an average of 1 goal per 96 minutes), before 18 year-old Gonzalo Maroni put the game to bed on 60`.
Aside from it being only his second appearance and first goal for the club, Marconi excited Boca fans everywhere with this piece of flair in the second half. One to watch.
Aside from his superb goal, Gonzalo Maroni produced this filthy sombrero-nutmeg combo pic.twitter.com/6S5yj94KL5
— Peter Coates (@golazoargentino) May 1, 2017
The win means Boca stay put at the top, with their three point lead over Newell`s intact after the second-placed Rosario side defeated Huracán 1-0 on Saturday. Boca will face a greater test this weekend, however, when they come up against fourth placed Estudiantes on Saturday.
Colón move into third
Santa Fe outfit Colón have, for the most part, enjoyed a fairly unremarkable time in Argentina`s top division over the years, with a mid-table finish their usual benchmark. It seems this year, however, Los Sabaleros are keen to kick on and rub shoulders with the big boys – they`ve won seven games on the bounce and haven`t lost since Carlos Tevez led his Boca side to a 4-1 victory back in December.
On Saturday, they showed the kind of prowess that has made them this season`s surprise package, defeating Sarmiento 4-0 away and moving up into third position as a result. A long-range strike from Diego Vera and a great team goal, finished by Facundo Pereyra, put the game to bed in the first half:
— VarskySports (@VarskySports) April 29, 2017
The victory puts Colón within three points of Newell`s in second, and goalkeeper Faturo Broun has said that the team are enjoying their good run of form.
“We don`t make barrier for ourselves, it`s not forbidden to get excited”, he said in an interview with Ole.
Excited they should be, as they look to what could be only their second Copa Libertadores qualifying season ever.
Temperley thrash Racing
The weekend`s most surprising result came in Buenos Aires Province, where Racing – who las week were pushing for a top three finish – were thrashed 3-0 by mid-table Temperley.
Temperley, who defeated San Lorenzo 1-0 last week to scupper their title hopes, came out fighting and went a goal up inside two minutes. Di Lorenzo made it two on the stroke of half-time with this screamer, before Armenian Mauro Guevgeozián Crespo put the nail in Racing`s coffin with five minutes to go.
¡GOL DE TEMPERLEY! Di Lorenzo hace este golazo y pone al Gasolero 2-0 ante Racing. pic.twitter.com/7ge0VypHpj
— TyC Sports (@TyCSports) April 29, 2017
Pick that one out.
The loss takes Racing down to seventh in the table, with coach Diego Cocca saying after the game that it was “difficult to rescue any positive”.
Elsewhere, Estudiantes and Independiente drew 2-2 in a game that featured this acrobatic finish from Martín Benítez, meaning Estudiantes slip down to fourth in place of Colon. San Lorenzo defeated Gimnasia de La Plata 1-0 in an effort to get their season back on track.