Aside from the drama revolving around River and Boca, a busy Sunday brought four further Primera matches but sadly little action of note and only one winner. Defensa y Justicia have needed to up their game at home for some time and they battled to a valuable 1-0 win over Banfield thanks to Juan Sánchez Sotelo well worked goal. Banfield continue to frustrate and for a third time this season they failed to find the net, despite having more possession.
Sarmiento enjoyed another respectable away point against one of the Primera big boys as they held Vélez to a 1-1 draw. Héctor Cuevas scored his fourth of the season, converting the rebound after his own header had come back off the crossbar to give the visitors the lead but Mariano Pavone levelled matters before half time. Sarmiento will be hoping that the injury that forced Cuevas from the field is not serious although in his absence they could have still snatched all three points.
The less said about the other two matches the better. Lanús continue to look a little short of attacking options and with Santiago Silva missing due to a contractual dispute and Lautaro Acosta out of sorts, they never really looked like beating Arsenal. Playing away at La Forteleza is never easy but Martin Palermo’s side will feel a slightly aggrieved after seeing Damián Pérez’s goal incorrectly chalked off.
San Martin welcoming Argentinos Juniors to San Juan saw two of the undefeated promoted sides clash and perhaps both wanted to extend that run more than push for a win. A game of little action trudged along to a goalless draw and while the neutral may not have been thrilled, both sides have enjoyed good starts to life back in the Primera.