No one can deny River Plate’s resurgent home since the restart of the league season and Marcelo Gallardo’s side have suddenly appeared as genuine challengers to Boca Juniors for the title but Los Millonarios needed a huge slice of luck to chalk up a fifth straight league win against Tigre on Sunday evening.
Tigre twice had the ball in the River net and on each occasion will question the officials decision to rule them out with some justification.
With the score goalless Diego Morales skipped around Augusto Batalla for the opener but found his effort disallowed for a slight nudge on Jorge Moreira in his attempt to get on the end of a ball over the top.
Minutes later and a miscued header back to Nelson Ibáñez by Martin Galmarini allowed Sebastian Driussi to slot in his 12th league goal of the season.
Tigre responded well and Morales had the ball in the net for the second time only to see an incorrect linesman’s flag deny him a valid equaliser.
With their luck clearly in, River made sure of three points when the impressive Rodrigo Mora came off the bench to double the lead with a stinging shot into the top corner.
Five straight wins put River up into fourth, six points behind Boca ahead of what promises to be an explosive superclásico in a few weeks.
In Santa Fe, Defensa y Justicia earned a first win in four matches with a 2-0 win over Unión.
Andrés Ríos opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the first half before Ignacio Rivero wrapped up the points late on.
Tigre 0 – 2 River Plate
Unión 0 – 2 Defensa y Justicia