Boca overpower Sarmiento in La Bombonera, Lanús ease past Godoy Cruz & Tigre win in Bahía Blanca (VIDEO)


Boca Juniors welcomed Carlos Tevez back into the starting eleven after his suspension for the visit of Sarmiento on Sunday afternoon but were perhaps greater indebted to the performance of Ricardo Centurión as they secured another home victory.

The former Racing youngster poked in the opening goal after a bright start to the game but despite dominating play, Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s side had to wait until stoppage time to wrap up the points. Walter Bou, who had replaced the injured Darío Benedetto, finished off a swift counter to double the lead and secure the win. Formidable in La Bombonera, Boca must know rectify their dreadful record on the road if they are to challenge the top sides.

Champions Lanús produced their best performance of the season to comfortably see off Godoy Cruz in La Fortaleza. El Tomba were beaten in the same stadium on Wednesday by San Lorenzo in the Copa Argentina and although the visitors kept Lanús at bay for the opening 45 minutes it didn’t take long after the break for José Sand to tap in the opener.

Godoy Cruz found themselves down to ten men when full back Luciano Abecasis was shown a second yellow card and it allowed Lanús to coast to three points. Román Martínez slotted in a second before José Luis Gómez added a third from the penalty spot. El Granate have been poor so far this season and Jorge Almirón will be hoping that this will act as a kickstart to his side’s title defence.

In Bahía Blanca, Tigre impressively secured a first victory of the season cantering to a 4-1 win over Olimpo. Diego Morales headed El Matador ahead and although Jonathan Blanco swifly equalised from the spot an outstanding Alexís Castro free-kick reestablished the visitor’s lead. A scrappy Sebastián Rincon effort and another superb strike from a set-piece by Oliver Paz Benítez wrapped up the points.

Lanús  3 – 0  Godoy Cruz

Olimpo  1 – 4  Tigre

Boca Juniors  2 – 0  Sarmiento

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