If gambling is a mug’s game then God knows what having a flutter on Argentine football is, as the only predictable part is how utterly unpredictable it is. This weekend saw plenty of surprises at both the top and in the descenso table and it was notably the Buenos Aires giants that suffered most.
Boca Juniors had the opportunity go six points clear at the top of the Primera and needed a win against a Talleres side, that hadn’t played a competitive match since December. The league leaders hadn’t lost in the league since the opening weekend at the end of August and were unbeaten in La Bombonera for fourteen matches. It couldn’t have been more straight-forward, right?
Wrong! Talleres have impressed since their promotion and Frank Kudelka’s talented, young side did what many ‘smaller’ clubs fail to do away at one of Argentina’s ‘Big Five’ and had a real go. Arguably, La T had a stroke of luck visitors to La Bombonera rarely get when Ariel Penal failed to spot a handball and award Boca a penalty but few could begrudge the Cordobeses the points.
A Boca defeat will always focus far more on their shortcomings rather than how Talleres approached the game but goals from Victorio Ramis and Emanuel Reynoso were deserved.
Just one defeat in ten, the best defensive record in the top flight and in young Reynoso, a supremely gifted playmaker, Talleres will likely upset a few more clubs before the season ends.