A summer that consisted of two superclásico defeats, a lacklustre goalless draw with Temperley on the opening weekend, followed by a shambolic thrashing at the hands of San Lorenzo for the Supercopa left Rodolfo Arruabarrena clinging to his job prior to Atlético Tucumán’s visit to La Bombonera. A league and cup double only buys you so much time it would appear and despite the newly promoted side enjoying a famous win over Racing last Sunday, Boca were expected to return to winning ways and kickstart their season.
El Decano had other ideas and immediately from kickoff gave Boca’s defence all manner of headaches. Daniel Díaz was given a torrid time at right back and an almighty blunder only went unpunished as a result of Luis Miguel Rodríguez’s wayward finishing. When Leandro González did give the visitors the lead it came as little surprise. A simple through ball between the Boca defenders, just as San Lorenzo had done in the Supercopa, released González and he finished superbly past Agustín Orión.
Boca huffed and puffed with Carlos Tevez and Dani Osvaldo in attack but failed to create too many clear goal scoring opportunities. Tevez came closest after half time but somehow Enrique Meza cleared off the goalline before the ball fell to Fernando Gago, who volleyed wide.
Fernando Zampedri was sent off for the visitors with a little over ten minutes remaining for a foolishly reckless tackle on Gago but even with ten men, Atlético were able to hold firm.
The Primera new boys deserve enormous praise for recording two wins already against Racing and Boca but Arruabarrena and his failing side will take all the headlines. El Vasco reported to training as usual on Monday but with Daniel Angelici to lead the inquest and Guillermo Barros Schelotto back in Buenos Aires, it would come as no surprise if Boca are under new management for Wednesday’s visit to San Martín.
Boca Juniors 0 – 1 Atlético Tucumán