Recent meetings between Boca Juniors and Rosario Central haven’t exactly been without incident and Sunday afternoon’s clash proved no different. For all their troubles away from home, Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s side have been excellent in La Bombonera and they led after eleven minutes when Darío Benedetto stole the ball from Dylan Gissi and clipped it over Sebastián Sosa.
The lead didn’t last long and it provided the game’s major talking point. Giovani Lo Celso found former River striker Teo Gutiérrez and after sliding the ball past Guillermo Sara, the Colombian reminded the Boca supporters of his affiliation. This gesture sparked a brief meleé and in the aftermath, Gutiérrez and Boca’s Ricardo Centurión were both sent off.
With both sides down to ten, chances came at both ends and while Boca will look back on three occasions they hit the woodwork, Central will point to a strong penalty claim waved away and a goal incorrectly ruled out for offside.
In Rosario, Newell’s Old Boys hosted River Plate and thanks to Ignacio Scocco’s second half penalty bounced back from their first league defeat of the season two weeks ago. Marcelo Gallardo’s side were were below par and although the penalty decision was harsh had it not been for an excellent performance by Augusto Batalla the margin of defeat could have been greater. Scocco returned to the side after an injury lay off to score the only goal and for Newell’s it was a fifth 1-0 win of the campaign.
The Primera’s in-form side, Talleres made it five consecutive wins with a victory over Atlético de Rafaela. Leonardo Godoy’s early strike proved to be enough and leaves La Crema sat rock bottom of the descenso.
Boca Juniors 1 – 1 Rosario Central
Atlético de Rafaela 0 – 1 Talleres
Newell’s Old Boys 1 – 0 River Plate