It has been a difficult few weeks for Boca Juniors and after appointing Guillermo Barros Schelotto matters on the pitch had barely improved. A first Primera home match since his return, with Unión the visitors to La Bombonera, was seen as an ideal opportunity to claim a maiden three points as manager. As the match crept into stoppage time and a fourth consecutive draw appeared likely, Carlos Tevez forced a winner and could have handed Boca a kickstart to their season.
Unión arrived at La Bombonera having conceded six against Racing but were understandably less open against Boca. Juan Manual Insaurralde did have the ball in the net but it was correctly ruled out for offside and after yet another goalless half of football frustration was creeping in.
When Agustín Orión failed to hold a cross from the left and allowed Lucas Gamba to give the visitors a shock lead, Boca were in danger of slipping to a third league defeat of the year.
In the goalless draws with Racing and River, Boca’s attack was stunted but on Monday night there was a far greater threat and although their equaliser came as no surprise, it’s manner was fortuitous. Only Nicolás Lodeiro knows whether is looping effort was a shot or an overhit cross but it drifted perfectly over Nereo Fernández and into the top corner.
Time was running out but in the first minute of added time, as the ball ricochetted around the Unión six-yard box, it eventually fell to Carlos Tevez and the iconic striker stabbed the ball into the net. It wasn’t pretty but with a vital three points, perhaps Boca’s season can start now.
Earlier in Junín, Caruso Lombardi made his return to Primera management with in-form Godoy Cruz, the visitors. The fortunes of the two clubs in 2016 couldn’t be further apart and with La Tomba posing such a threat in attack, an away victory was anticipated. However, the Lombardi effect had Sarmiento already show a new found resiliance and they managed to deny Godoy Cruz top spot in zona one.