The start of a hugely significant week for Boca Juniors got off to the worst possible start in Avellaneda on Sunday night after Racing punished a limp performance to notch a first league win of the season. Roger Martínez’s inventive backheel past in the opening stages of the match proved to be the match winner after Boca’s imprecision failed to harm Racing despite the visitors dominating possession.
In what was a scrappy match, one genuine moment of quality was enough to seal all three points and it came after only nine minutes. Iván Pillud’s deep cross was volleyed back across goal by Marcos Acuña and young Colombian Roger Martínez, who spent last season on loan with Aldosivi, flicked the ball instinctively past Agustín Orión and into the net.
Boca toiled in their attempt to get back in the game but reverted back to the uninventive ways that saw them lose to Atlético Tucumán a few weeks ago. Carlos Tevez was central to these efforts but was resticted to speculative long range efforts, a long ball over the top for Andrés Chávez came the closest to forcing an equaliser but Nélson Ibañez, in for the injured Sebastián Saja, saved well.
The two sides meet again on Thursday in the Copa Libertadores and Rodolfo Arruabarrena, feeling the heat once more, cannot afford a second defeat. Boca then have the small matter of a superclásico at the weekend so there is little margin for error.