It had been the perfect weekend for Boca Juniors as the league leaders had seen all their closest rivals lose while picking up a win themselves to go six points clear but River Plate ensured that the title race will be a fierce, two-way battle after easing past Gimnasia in La Plata on Monday evening.
It took only four minutes for Sebastián Driussi to chalk up his 16th goal of the season after a one-two with Lucas Alario and a toe-poke that Alexis Arias allowed to squirm through his hands but despite the home side threatening on a couple of occasions, River gradually went up through the gears.
Gonzalo Martinez doubled the lead shortly after half time with a wonderfully taken solo effort, skipping away from one challenge to cut inside onto his left and curl the ball inside the far post and shortly after it was three. Lucas Alario was again the provider and this time, Carlos Auzqui calmly slid the ball into the bottom corner.
River are up to second, four points behind Boca but with a game in hand and on current form, it’s difficult to see Marcelo Gallardo’s side dropping many points.
In Bahía Blanca, Estudiantes slim hopes of a title challenge were well and truly ended by an Olimpo side, who after seeing Arsenal and Temperley both win this weekend, desperately needed three points in the relegation battle.
Juan Otero blasted the visitors ahead early but a Fernando Coniglio brace before half time turned the match in Olimpo’s favour. Jonathan Schunke was sent off for a second yellow card in the 86th minute and Francisco Pizzini wrapped up the points for the home side.
Olimpo 3 – 1 Estudiantes
Gimnasia 0 – 3 River Plate