River Plate‘s unbelievable start to life under Marcelo Gallardo is showing no signs of letting up as Independiente were the latest victims in the Monumental. El Rojo failed to take any grasp on the game and limped away with a 4-1 defeat as River look increasingly like the champions elect. Earlier, an injury time, but well-deserved, equaliser by Emiliano Terzaghi denied Boca Juniors a win at Banfield. Andrés Chávez had come from the bench to score against his old goal for Boca but it was not quite enough. Rosario Central enjoyed a comfortable afternoon with a 3-1 victory over Arsenal despite going a goal down. José Valencia rediscovered his shooting boots and his second half brace proved to be too much for Arsenal.
Rosario Central 3 – 1 Arsenal de Sarandí
Central creeped up to sixth with this win over Arsenal but a mixture of poor defending and awful officiating from the linesman made this a little harder. Emilio Zelaya benefited from this to give Arsenal the lead but the home side proved too strong. Damian Musto’s close range finish eventually levelled the scores and then a wonderful assist from Pablo Becker created the opportunity for José Valencia to rifle Central in front. Valencia then added his second with a precise lob and Central completed a deserved home win.
Banfield 1 – 1 Boca Juniors
Boca Juniors chose to rest former Banfield striker, Andréz Chávez but it was his introduction that sparked Rodolfo Arruabarrena’s side into life. Chávez ran onto a hopeful punt up field to smash in the opening goal against his old club but Matías Almeyda’s side had been at least equal over the course of the match and so it was thoroughly deserved when Emiliano Terzaghi slotted in an injury time equaliser.
River Plate 4 – 1 Independiente
In theory, the match was a top of the table clash but the reality was as one-sided as any River match this season. Leonardo Pisculichi gave River the lead after just 4 minutes and there was little let up after that. Ariel Rojas smashed in a second and although Federico Mancuello headed a goal back, Cristian Tula gifted River a third and yet another for Teo Gutierrez. It is now 9 consecutive matches in which the Colombian has scored, a feat only bettered by one River player in their history (Bernabé Ferreyra holds this record currently with 12 matches from back in 1932). Rodrigo Mora then added the pick of the night with an exquisite lob over the head of Ruso Rodríguez to put Independiente out of their misery. It is becoming increasingly difficult to see who can challenge Gallardo’s River as the weeks go by.