The tragic scenes at Belgrano`s Mario Kempes stadium remind us that football isn`t everything, however, games went ahead as usual. Here`s some of what happened.
Last-minute equaliser leaves it tight at the top
Second-placed Newell`s Old Boys` goalless draw against Estudiantes on Saturday meant Boca had the chance to extend their lead at the top to eight points. They faced Patronato, who haven`t managed to register a win since the season resumed back in March. Boca were without injured Ricky Centurion, however, who, in the absence of Carlos Tevez, has provided much of the team`s attacking threat in recent weeks.
All the same, it should have been business as usual for Boca, and after a fruitless opening 45`, man-of-the-moment Dario Benedetto met the the end of a wicked ball from Nazareno Solis to open the scoring – his twelfth of the season.
Boca should have had the match wrapped up in the second half but squandered several chances to put the game to bed. They paid for it, and it was fitting that Damian Arce, who the xeneize released as a youngster, grabbed the equaliser in stoppage time to earn a point for the visitors.
A self-confessed fanatico of Boca meant Arce said after the game that his goal “hurt him a little”.
It definitely hurt Boca, whose lead at the top remains at five points, with a resurgent River Plate looking to add to the already mounting pressure.
River keep up title charge
Having watched rivals Boca slip up earlier in the day, River looked to make it seven wins on the bounce against strugglers Tigre.
After a goalless first half, River`s Sebastian Driussi took advantage following a defensve mix-up from the home side. That goal was his 12th of the campaign, making him the league`s joint top goalscorer alongside the aforementioned Benedetto.
River continued to dominate and their pressure came off with just ten minutes to go, as Rodrigo Mora`s shot found the top corner from the edge of the box. A golazo it certainly was, wrapping up River`s seventh consecutive victory and a move up into fourth in the table -level on points with Estudiantes and just one point behind second placed Newell`s.
Should River keep this form up, their trip to La Bombonera for the Superclasico in just under a month`s time will take on a whole new significance.
— Rodrigo Mora (@romorita11) April 17, 2017
San Lorenzo slip up, Colón take advantage
It was another questionable performance from San Lorenzo, who have struggled to find consistent form and went down 1-0 away to Atletico Tucuman. This was their sixth defeat in ten and, leapfrogged by River, Diego Aguirre made no excuses for his side after the game. “We`re not playing the football we can. I don`t think there are excuses.”
Elsewhere, Colon beat Quilmes to take them to within one point of fourth-placed San Lorenzo, although Racing`s 2-1 victory over Sarmiento means that they are still in the running for a high finish. Banfield, who, had similar hopes of climbing up the table going into their game versus Mendoza`s Godoy Cruz (15th). Two red cards and four goals saw that game end 3-1, with Banfield staying put in eighth.