Supporters were questioning the role of Darío Benedetto as Boca’s number nine following last weekend’s draw with Godoy Cruz but the 26-year-old emphatically answered his critics with a stunning first half display to blitz Quilmes in La Bombonera. Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s side had the match won within 25 minutes after Benedetto’s hat-trick and delightful assist for Ricardo Centuríon.
It took just six minutes for Boca to lead and it came courtesy of splendid backheel from Benedetto as he diverted Gino Peruzzi’s low cross into the net. However, Quilmes immediately responded through Hernán da Campo and it could have made things a little nervy given the pressure on Boca to perform but Benedetto had other ideas.
Brimming with confidence from his earlier goal the former Arsenal striker arrowed a shot straight into the top corner from 35 yards and in a crazy few minutes the home side simply ran away with the match.
Benedetto’s smart backheel released Ricardo Centurión to add a third and in the 25th minute he completed his hat-trick with a close range header. Understandably Boca took their foot off the gas in the second half but Barros Schelotto and the supporters went home satisfied.
In Paraná, Argentina international Emmanuel Más made amends for his early own goal to earn a point for San Lorenzo against Patronato.
The defender was a little unfortunate to see the ball ricochet off him and into the net from a corner in the fifth minute but provided the perfect response by running onto Martín Cauteruccio’s pass on the half hour mark and volleying past Federico Costa. Neither side could find a winning goal but given their Copa Sudamerica exploits in the week, Diego Aguirre will feel it is a decent point.
Transición champions Lanús are finding their title defence a little hard going and for a third straight game El Granate were unable to find the back of the net. Despite Lanús dominating possession, Aldosivi managed to frustrate their hosts and headed back to Mar del Plata with an excellent point.