One week on from the embarrassing superclásico in Mar del Plata, Boca Juniors and River Plate once more locked horns and although the match didn’t witness anywhere near the level of aggression, the result was the same. For the second week running, a solitary penalty gifted River victory, on this occasion converted by Rodrigo Mora. Two superclásico triumphs is a decent way to start the season for Los Millonarios while Boca don’t appear to have returned from their summer holidays yet.
Given the makeshift defences that both sides were forced to field through suspension and injury the hope was that the summer’s second superclásico in Mendoza would bring more goals than the previous encounter in Mar del Plata.
The opening exchanges looked promising with both goalkeepers forced into early saves and although Boca were without Dani Osvaldo, with Carlos Tevez in the side, manager Rodolfo Arruabarrena would still have been confident of goals. Certainly if Boca could have chosen who the best chances would fall to it would have been El jugador del pueblo but when the opportunity did arise, the Argentina international miscued badly. Andrés Chávez nodded the ball into the path of Tevez and in space on the edge of the penalty area, the striker failed to even work Marcelo Barovero.
The match eventually slipped into an inaccurate and sloppy affair which appeared to be heading for a goalless draw until second half substitute Sebastián Palacios clumsily tripped Gonzalo Martínez. Rodrigo Mora stepped up to smash the ball down the centre and give River a second victory over their fierce rivals.
River Plate 1 – 0 Boca Juniors