After eight and half months, Boca Juniors finally won a league game away from home and following their midweek elimination from the Copa Argentina and the resulting absence of international competition in 2017, it couldn’t have come at a better time for Guillermo Barros Schelotto.
The controversial and game changing moment came after half an hour when the ball clearly hit Carlos Tevez’s arm in the build-up to what a few seconds later was Boca’s opening goal. The Gimnasia defence appealed as Tevez thread a pass into the penalty area, Alexis Arias parried Pablo Pérez’s but Darío Benedetto slammed in the rebound and to compound the home side’s misery, Ramiro Carrera was sent off amid the protest.
Minutes later, Tevez found Benedetto once again and the former Arsenal striker clipped the ball over Arias and into the net. The first half could scarcely have been worse for El Lobo but before the break, Cristian Pavón added a spectacular third with a thunderous long range effort.
Boca were able to canter to victory and for all of their troubles, Barros Schelotto’s side are now up to second in the table.
Talleres made it four straight wins with a 1-0 victory over Patronato in Córdoba thanks to Sebastián Palacios’ late goal. The visitors themselves were on a three-match winning streak and just as it was looking to be heading for a goalless draw, Palacios beat Sebastián Bértoli with a low volley.
In Rosario, Independiente’s struggle for goals continued as they were held to a second consecutive goalless draw by Rosario Central. El Rojo dominated the game but were unable to find the net and although Gabi Milito’s side have lost only once this season, they continue to lose ground on their rivals and are yet to find any balance between defence and attack.