Lanús bounced back from their first defeat of the season last weekend against Racing to go back to the top of Zona Two with victory over Boca Juniors. Two goals in the opening three minutes by Lautaro Acosta and José Sand set El Granate for victory and aside from Nicolás Lodeiro hitting the crossbar with a free kick, Boca never really looked like getting back into the game.
With Boca snatching an injury time win over Unión in their last outing, Guillermo Barros Schelotto would have been hoping that his first victory as manager would prove to be the catalyst in igniting Boca’s season. Within three minutes of kickoff, his former club made it clear that it wouldn’t be that easy.
With a minute on the clock, Acosta cut inside and rifled a low shot inside Agustín Orión’s near post and with Boca still reeling from the early blow, Pepe Sand bundled in a Maxi Velázquez corner to double the lead.
Despite welcoming Dani Osvaldo back into the side, Boca still looked short of ideas in attack and aside from Lodeiro’s free kick, it was El Granate who opened the clearest chances. Lanús go back to the top of the table and are realistic title contenders at this point; Guillermo Barros Schelotto, meanwhile, still has a great deal of work to do with Boca.
Earlier in the Monumental, River’s frustrating league form continued as Lucas Alario’s 91st minute header salvaged a point from the visit of Banfield. The visitors will understandably be disappointed to see all three points elude them in injury time but River will review the match and wonder how it took until that stage in the game to find a way past debutant, Iván Arboleda.
Sebastián Driussi had already struck the inside of the post before Rodrigo Mora blazed a penalty almost out of the stadium and with the missed chances racking up and Banfield posing a threat on the break it was perhaps inevitable that it was the visitors that took the lead. Former Boca striker Santiago Silva headed in Franco Colela’s cross just after half time to silence the home crowd.
River continued to push for an equaliser and finally it came in stoppage time when Lucas Alario flicked in Tabaré Viudez’s free kick to avoid defeat. River have now only won once in the seven Primera matches and lie eight points off the top of Zone One. In a short Transición, it is likely that the gap is already too much and so all focus remains on the Copa Libertadores.