River Plate equalled the 92-year-old club record of 31 matches unbeaten but could only muster a draw in Liniers against a determined Vélez Sarsfield side. Milton Caraglio’s header punished a sluggage start from River but Gabriel Mercado’s thunderous drive equalised shortly before the break. While River were perhaps second best in the first half, they turned it up a notch afterwards, as they have so many times this season, only to be thwarted this time and have to settle for a point. The unbeaten streak is still intact but Lanús have closed to within two points ahead of a devilishly busy schedule for Marcelo Gallardo’s boys.
Earlier in La Bombonera, Boca Juniors bounced back from the defeat against San Lorenzo to see off Tigre, thanks to two late Emmanuel Gigliotti goals. First, Gigliotti was fortunate enough to smash in his initially saved penalty and in the 83rd minute the centre forward found another slice of luck as his deflected effort nestled in the corner. Boca now level on points with Independiente in fourth and while the title might be too far off, the prospect of defeating River in the Copa Sudamericana is tantalizing.
Racing Club are also enjoying a fine run of form as they registered a fourth win in five with a 1-0 win over Banfield in the Cilindro de Avellaneda. The in-form Gustavo Bou fired in the winner in just the eighth minute when his powerful drive from an acute angel caught Gaspar Servio by surprise. While the title might be just out of Racing’s grasp they could still have a big say over the champions as River need to travel to Avellaneda.
In La Plata, Estudiantes went up to sixth in the table after a narrow win against Rosario Central. A first half golazo from Ezequiel Cerutti proved enough for Los Pincharratas as they recorded back-to-back wins for the second time this season.