After the blow in training this week that Ricardo Centurión would be set for an extended spell on the sidelines with a knee injury, Boca Juniors were enjoying a good weekend, where all their title rivals were dropping points. For 91 minutes it looked as though Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s side were heading seven points clear but Damián Arce’s volley gave Patronato a share of the points and pegged back Boca at the top.
Boca were understandly not at their best with a growing number of injury absentees but Dario Benedetto’s close range header in first half stoppage time provided a deserved lead.
The home side should have ensured the victory, particularly when Cristian Pavon wasted a gilt-edged chance but they made to pay by a fairly route-one type goal that allowed Arce the chance to poke the ball past Agustín Rossi.
Boca remain five clear after Newell’s, Estudiantes and San Lorenzo all failed to take maximum points but there is a vulnerability to Barros Schelotto’s side and fierce rivals River Plate are now mounting a challenge.
At the other end of the spectrum in the Descenso table, Quilmes are clinging precariously to a place just above the relegation zone after a home defeat to in-form Colón.
Outstanding defensively El Sabalero kept a fifth consecutive clean sheet en route to a club record, fifth straight win thanks to Diego Vera’s first half header.