In a weekend that saw Maradona handed a new role as technical director of Al-Fujairah — a second division club in the United Arab Emirates — following a five-year hiatus from the game, there were plenty of twists, turns and even a bared chest closer to home. Here’s what went down in the Primera Division.
Estudiantes hold Boca, Nelson Vivas loses it
Boca looked to pick up on the form that saw them cruise past Arsenal last weekend as they went to Estudiantes, who themselves are trying to get their hopes of a top four finish back on track.
The game finished 0-0 and left Boca clear at the top; however, it was far from a drab affair. Boca striker Dario Benedetto could, and perhaps should, have been awarded a penalty ten minutes in, before Estudiantes had a strong claim of their own near the half-hour mark.
The referee failed to award either, and Estudiantes coach Nelson Vivas was sent to the stands for his protests. Bearing in mind he was sacked from his previous job for attacking a supporter, he wasn’t about to leave it at that, and acted as any other mildly infuriated manager would have in the same situation – tearing his shirt off a la Incredible Hulk before booting a microphone and storming down the tunnel. Moment of the weekend, if not the season (just look at that back tattoo!), hands down.
Nelson Vivas auditions for the Incredible Hulk after being sent off during Boca-Estudiantes. pic.twitter.com/7wgPCkT2E2
— Daniel Edwards (@DanEdwardsGoal) May 7, 2017
Estudiantes slip down to seventh place after this, their fourth consecutive draw, while Boca have the small matter of a Superclásico to deal with this Sunday.
Newell’s slip up in hunt for first
Second-placed Newell’s hosted Independiente on Sunday and had the chance to go within one point of leaders Boca with a win. It seems, however, that the Rosario side are hellbent on handing Boca the title after they once again gave up the opportunity to pile on the pressure, going down 4-2 in a poor display.
Independiente dominated for the most part, largely thanks to a 45 minute-long lapse in concentration from the home side in the second half, and were 4-1 ahead before Maxi Rodriguez scraped in a consolation in the closing moments.
Newell’s boss Diego Osella said his team “didn’t read the game well”, which certainly seemed to have been the case with his defenders. They face Rosario Central in their very own Clásico this weekend.
Fellow title-chasers San Lorenzo went within two points of Newells with their win over Rosario Central while fourth-placed Colon missed the chance to go level on points with the rojinegro after they drew 2-2 with Atletico Tucuman.