Boca Juniors close on title with routine victory over Aldosivi & Pavone hits hat-trick as Vélez thrash Sarmiento (VIDEO)

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Boca Juniors are so close to the title now that they can taste it and Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s side could yet be crowned champions without kicking another ball, if River fail to beat Racing on Sunday evening and Banfield don’t win on Tuesday. Victory over Independiente two weeks ago placed a hand on the trophy but Saturday’s emphatic win over Aldosivi has surely sealed it.

As expected the thousands of ‘neutral’ supporters allowed to purchase tickets for the match in Mar del Plata were firmly behind the title-chasing visitors and when Cristian Pavón broke the deadlock from distance after 39 minutes, the stadium erupted. Still rocking from the opener, Boca doubled the lead within a minute thanks to the ponderous goalkeeping of Matías Vega, the persistence of Ricardo Centurión and the good fortune that saw the forward’s block bounce into the net.

The three points were in the bag but Boca made certain in the closing stages, Fernando Gago slotting in from the penalty spot and Jonathan Silva volleying a fourth. Regardless of results elsewhere, another victory away to relegation candidates Olimpo on Wednesday will capture the title.

A little later in Liniers, Vélez Sarsfield secured their Primera status for another season with a crushing 5-1 win over already relegated Sarmiento. Mariano Pavone scored the first of his three after a penalty was awarded for a pull on Diego Zabala and the impressive Nicolás Delgadillo scored the second just before half time.

Pavone added a third immediately after half time and although Adrián Scifo pulled one back, El Tanque completed his hat-trick before Maxi Romero completed the rout.

Aldosivi  0 – 4  Boca Juniors

Vélez Sarsfield  5 – 1  Sarmiento

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