Injury time penalty denies Boca Juniors victory against Huracán & Newell’s edge Olimpo (VIDEO)


If Boca Juniors are to be Primera champions they are certainly making hard work of it after dropping yet another two points from their trip to Huracán on Saturday evening.

With only two victories from six matches previously and defeat to River in the superclásico seeing their lead at the top cut even further, Guillermo Barros Schelotto was desperate for a result in Parque Patricios.

Boca have been far from their best for weeks now and were matched every step of the way against Huracán until Darío Benedetto provided the breakthrough fifteen minutes from time. The in-form striker’s powerful finish looked to have sealed the points but deep into injury time, Daniel Montenegro teased Agustín Rossi into a challenge in the penalty area and when the goalkeeper took the bait, Rolfi tumbled and Darío Herrera pointed to the spot.

Barros Schelotto was sent to the stands as Boca fumed but youngster Alejandro Romero Gamarra kept his cool to slot in the 95th minute equaliser and to blow the title race even more open.

In Rosario, Newell’s ended a run of three consecutive defeats to beat Olimpo and get back on course for Copa Libertadores qualification.

Héctor Fertoli gave La Lepra a first half lead but it was swiftly cancelled out by Fernando Coniglio after the break. However, no sooner had Olimpo equalised, Maxi Rodríguez raced clear to thump Newell’s back in front.

Fertoli tapped in his second to provide some breathing space and it was just as well given Nicolás Panteleone nodded a goal back for the visitors. It proved to be little more than a consolation as Diego Osella’s side held on for the points against his former club and although the recent defeats may have cost La Lepra the title, Copa Libertadores qualification remains a realistic goal.

Newell’s Old Boys  3 – 2  Olimpo

Huracán  1 – 1  Boca Juniors

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