River Plate are still unbeaten in eight league matches but Sunday’s 1-1 draw with relegation threatened Sarmiento in the Monumental was undoubtedly two points dropped as Marcelo Gallardo’s side attempt to overhaul Boca Juniors at the top.
A home win for in-form River looked to be one of the safer bets in Argentine football this weekend and when Sebastián Driussi eventually broke the deadlock with his 13th of the season, there didn’t appear much way back for El Verde.
However, River couldn’t find a way past former goalkeeper Julio Chiarini for a second time and instead Lucas Perez Godoy struck a surprise equaliser with a looping volley in the 82nd minute.
Unable to find a winner, River had to settle for a point but instead of closing the gap on Boca further, Los Millonarios remain six points off the pace.
In Sarandí, Independiente’s remarkable away form continued with an impressive 2-0 win over Arsenal. Nery Domínguez had already hit the woodwork when El Rojo’s early dominance eventually led to an opener – Nicolás Figal pouncing to turn in from close range after Pablo Santillo had saved Nicolás Tagliafico’s initial effort at a corner.
The lead was doubled shortly after when a fine passage of play between Ezequiel Barco and Martín Benítez fashioned the chance for Emiliano Rigoni to stab the ball past a fumbling Santillo.
The second half was played at something of a canter and Benítez should have had a third after an exquisite lob was wrongly ruled out for offside but it couldn’t spoil what was another outstanding away performance.
Finally in Córdoba, Talleres bounced back from their midweek defeat to Independiente to snatch a late win over Godoy Cruz.
Emanuel Reynoso had seen an earlier penalty saved by Rodrigo Rey but as it looked as though La T would be left to rue such missed opportunities, Sebastián Palacios forced a winner.
River Plate 1 – 1 Sarmiento
Talleres 1 – 0 Godoy Cruz
Arsenal 0 – 2 Independiente