For all the colour, noise and passion, Clásicos in Argentina often leave the neutral spectator feeling a little underwhelmed as the action on the pitch fails to match the spectacle in the stands. That may well be the case again this coming weekend as the Primera throws up a round of derbies, but matters near the top-of-the-table have ensured there is far more than just pride up for grabs.
The Superclásico between Boca Juniors and River Plate is one of world football’s most famous fixtures and whether it be the reserves, the youth sides or a friendly, the desire to inflict a defeat on the old enemy is the same. Sunday’s 243rd official meeting will be no different but could also have a significant outcome on where the title ends up as River are able to close to within four points (with a game still in hand) of league leaders Boca, with victory in La Bombonera.
Boca’s fiery stalemate against Estudiantes in La Plata on Saturday drew headlines mainly for manager Nelson Vivas’ rage-fuelled strip on the touchline but more importantly was a third draw in four matches for Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s side, who only remain out in front due to their rivals’ inability to fully punish their slip-ups.