Guillermo Barros Schelotto was under a degree of pressure for Boca Juniors opening league game in La Bombonera and despite Carlos Tevez being sent off in the first half, Los Xeneizes claimed a thoroughly deserved 3-0 win over Belgrano.
Belgrano had started well enough and were frustrating their hosts but the deadlock was broken just after the half hour mark when Tevez drove forward before precisely bending the ball past Juan Carlos Olave into the bottom corner. However, the iconic striker’s afternoon quickly took a turn for the worst when Germán Delfino showed him a yellow card for a late challenge and another for his subsequent outburst.
The numerical disadvantage didn’t appear to hinder the home side and on the stroke of half time, Cristian Pavón curled in a free-kick that Juan Román Riquelme would have been proud of.
Belgrano were later reduced to ten when Federico Álvarez was shown a red card and it allowed Boca to add a third. A corner to the visitors left no one in defence and as Barros Schelotto’s side countered Frank Fabra ran completely unchallenged on goal. Boca needed a result and a performance and they got just that.
Earlier in La Plata, Estudiantes followed up their impressive win over Tigre with a slightly tighter victory against Sarmiento. Ignacio Bailone proved to be the match winner once again when he headed in Jeison Vargas’ corner after quarter of an hour and despite both sides having chances it was enough for three points. A wonderful late save by Mariano Andujar ensured Sarmiento left the Estadio Unico with nothing but there was enough to suggest that Gabriel Schürrer’s side will fight relegation. El Pincha meanwhile are hoping to build on their promising Transición with a title challenge.