Had Boca performed as they did against Independiente on Sunday evening, Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s side might have had the title sewn up already but with three matches remaining it now looks very much like the trophy is heading to La Bombonera after a convincing 3-0 win.
Independiente, unbeaten since Ariel Holan took over and in fine form, looked like a genuine threat to Boca’s title hopes but never really got going on Sunday and while there is some debate over the opening goal, there is little question over which side deserved the points.
Boca’s breakthrough came when defender Alan Franco cleared the ball but followed through to boot Pablo Pérez in the chest right on the edge of the penalty area. Even after replays it was difficult to say whether the incident occurred in the box or not but either way Darío Benedetto stepped up to slot home the resulting spotkick.
The home side remained on top and just before the break doubled their lead. Cristian Pavón doing well down the left and crossing to the back post for Junior Benítez to head past Martin Campaña.
An improved Independiente after half time, led by the talented Ezequiel Barco, tried to force their way back into the game but another defensive lapse allowed Boca to seal the win. A weak pass allowed Benedetto to charge down Campaña’s clearance and the ball eventually found its way back to the prolific centre-forward who slotted it under the goalkeeper.
Independiente remain in the hunt for a Copa Libertadores spot but with a four-point lead now opened up at the top, Boca are surely going to be crowned Primera champions.
Elsewhere, two goals a minute either side of half time by Facundo Barceló gave San Martín a somewhat surprising win over Atlético Tucumán in the Estadio Monumental José Fierro. Luis Rodríguez did pull one back but the visitors held on for the points.
Atlético Tucumán 1 – 2 San Martín
Boca Juniors 3 – 0 Independiente