Boca stay top as Benedetto brace earns win against Banfield & Huracán ease relegation fears with victory over San Martín (VIDEO)


Boca Juniors held onto their three point lead at the top of the Primera after a 2-0 win away to Banfield and Huracán did just enough to claim what could be a crucial three points in the relegation battle against San Martín.

There were questions surrounding Boca Juniors’ starting eleven following the sale of Carlos Tevez but Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s key decisions were vindicated against Banfield with Darío Benedetto and Agustín Rossi proving decisive at either ends of the pitch.

They key moments in the game came within the opening fifteen minutes when Darío Cvitanich wrongly had a goal ruled out for offside only for Benedetto to almost immediately put Boca ahead from close range.

Banfield in turn almost equalised but a superb save by Rossi denied Mauricio Sperduti to maintain the viistors’ lead.

Benedetto slid in the second shortly after the hour mark and with it ended Banfield’s resistance.

Despite Sebastián Pérez’s late red card for a foolish, if minimal, forearm to Emanuel Cecchini, Boca comfortably claimed the three points needed to claim a fifth straight win and maintain their lead at the top.

In San Juan, an early goal by Norberto Briasco was enough to give Huracán victory against San Martín.

The 21-year-old stabbed in from a corner and while El Globo’s lack of a recognised goalscorer is still clear, San Martín didn’t do enough to warrant any reward.

Huracán are still in the midst of a relegation battle but following their heavy Copa Sudamericana defeat in Venezuela, the victory for Juan Manuel Azconzábal was vital.

Banfield  0 – 2  Boca Juniors

San Martín  0 – 1  Huracán

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