Superliga favourites and fierce rivals, Boca Juniors and River Plate celebrated winning starts to the season but while the champions cruised past Olimpo in La Bombonera, River Plate were had to work a little harder by a spirited Temperley side.
It was business as usual for Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s side, whose victory over relegation threatened Olimpo never really looked in doubt. It took seven minutes to take the lead when Cristian Pavón and Darío Benedetto resumed where they had left off last season; the former racing away down the right, firing in a low cross for Benedetto to tap in a simple first of the new campaign.
A second appeared imminent and just before the break, Pablo Pérez broke onto the edge of the box to double the lead with the help of a deflection.
The two-goal cushion all but killed the contest and in the closing stages a clear penalty decision allowed Benedetto to claim his second of the game. Boca are still the team to beat in the Superliga and Argentina’s newest centre forward looks a decent bet to continue as the most prolific striker in the Superliga.
A little later in Temperley and River Plate secured an important three points but certainly didn’t have things all their own way as recent signing Germán Lux was made to prove his worth on several occasions.
River started the better in the Estadio Alfredo Beranger and on the half hour mark led when Ignacio Scocco rifled in a low shot from the edge of the penalty area but the home side were not to be discouraged.
Lux was forced into a couple of key saves while at the other end River could easily have added a second. Lucas Alario, who could be set for a big money move to Bayer Leverkusen this week, was twice denied by Josué Ayala and second half substitute Rafael Santos Borré struck the post.
Temperley saw Maxi Lugo sent off in the closing stages and River held on for the win. Marcelo Gallardo will demand more from his side but will be relieved to have avoided a potential banana skin with three points in the bag.
Boca Juniors 3 – 0 Olimpo
Temperley 0 – 1 River Plate