Boca Juniors’ woeful away record extended to nine without a win after Sunday evening’s 1-1 draw with Tigre. With Carlos Tevez serving the last match of his suspension, it took a late Juan Insaurralde goal to salvage a point for Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s side, who are still faltering badly and someway off where expectation demands.
Tigre led after only three minutes when Pablo Pérez was caught on the ball by Diego Morales allowing the 29-year-old to poke the ball under Guillermo Sara and as the visitors continued to waste opportunities it looked as though it could be the winner. The home side will feel they too wasted chances to wrap up the points but shortly after Sebastian Rincon was guilty of doing just that, Juan Insaurralde levelled it.
Boca had a chance to win it late on but Ricardo Centurión missed the target and so Guillermo Barros Schelotto was left to reflect on more dropped points on the road.
In Junín, Independiente bounced back from their Copa Sudamericana exit in midweek to pick up a hard fought win over Sarmiento. The home side will feel that they were deserving of at least a point but another dogged defensive display from El Rojo meant that Diego Vera’s smart flicked finish in the first half was enough to win the match.
Sarmiento had Leandro Díaz sent off late on for a push on Ezequiel Barco that sent the youngster hurtling head first into an advertising hoarding but it had no impact on the result. This was far from the performance that Gabi Milito will have been looking for but Independiente needed a result and they just about got that.
And finally in Santa Fe, Colón managed a fifth clean sheet in five games to record a narrow victory over Defensa y Justicia. Emanuel Olivera’s tenth minute header proved decisive as the visitors were forced to play most the match with ten men, following the red card to Elías Gómez. El Halcón were left to further rue their bad luck after Pablo Becker suffered a broken leg.