Boca have ended their winless start to the season and saved Rodolfo Arruabarrena’s job with victory over San Martín in what was a nervy and ragged performance while Newell’s reacted to their earlier clásico defeat with a 5-0 win over Racing which made this Saturday night clash all the more curious.
La Lepra would have wanted to stifle Boca in order to increase the pressure on the home side but the game plan went immediately out of the window when Rodrigo Bentancur scored within 35 seconds. With Dani Osvaldo absent through injury, the attack of Tevez, Palacios, Lodeiro and Bentancur were rampant and when Newell’s keeper failed to stop Tevez’s free kick after five minutes, it looked as though a rout was on the cards.
Palacios had the ball in the net for the third time in under ten minutes and only an incorrect offside flag saved Newell’s, who reverted back to an utter shambles after their impressive victory over Racing. Jonathan Silva’s shot from the edge of the box was possibly helped on it’s way by Juan Manuel Insaurralde but either way Boca were home and dry before the break.
After half time, Maxi Rodríguez did pull a goal back from a rare foray into the Boca penalty area but it didn’t halt Boca’s dominance. Carlos Tevez skipped through the Newell’s defence to suggest that he is back to the kind of form that helped Boca complete the double in 2015 and squared the ball for Palacios to reestablish the three-goal lead.
Tevez was withdrawn to a standing ovation even from the onlooking Juan Román Riquelme and Boca gave the impression at least that they are over the worst. A sense that Arruabarrena is still just a defeat from losing his job remains but if Boca have that momentum again then they are very much in the title race.