The scenes when Darío Benedetto finally forced the breakthrough during the second half showed just how important this latest victory was to Boca Juniors and could be a decisive moment in the title race.
Defensa y Justicia had managed to keep Boca at bay despite Ricardo Centuríon going close on a couple of occasions and Benedetto hitting the woodwork but with twenty minutes remaining, the league leaders broke the visitors resolve.
The dangerous Centurión danced through a sea of defenders and although Benedetto volleyed his initial cross against the bar, the ball remained in play. Nazareno Solís quickly played it in again to Boca’s leading scorer and at the second attempt, Benedetto made no mistake.
Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s side were made to work for their latest win but crucially will remain at least three points clear at the top at the end of the weekend.
A little earlier in Córdoba and Belgrano’s woes continued as they slumped to a late defeat against Colón. Neither side are particularly prolific in front of goal and as it looked as though the match was heading for the inevitable goalless draw, Nicolás Leguizamón volleyed in from a corner.
El Sabalero continue to eke out those 1-0 wins but another defeat spells the end for Leonardo Madelón’s short spell in charge of Belgrano.