It is perhaps little surprise that there are two teams sitting at the top of the Superliga with 100% records still intact after three rounds of matches. Champions Boca Juniors and fierce rivals River Plate were favourites for a reason and after both enjoyed victories on Sunday evening, the title race already appears underway.
Boca actually fell behind early to Godoy Cruz in La Bombonera when Leonel Galeano flicked a header past Agustín Rossi at the near post but it didn’t last long. The impressive Pablo Pérez found a pocket of space in the penalty area after a knockdown and quickly dispatched the ball into the bottom corner.
Javier Correa had a good chance to reestablish the visitors lead but Rossi denied him and minutes later a clever, first-time cut-back by Cristian Pavón allowed Pérez to slot in his and Boca’s second.
Only one winner was expected from this point and Pavón made almost certain midway through the second half, racing in behind the visitors’ defence to beat Leonardo Burián. Five minutes from time young Uruguayan Nahitan Nández smashed in his first goal for the club after good work by Darío Benedetto and Boca ominously continued where they left off last season. Top of the table, three wins from three and the best attack in the league.
However, River Plate are ensuring they keep pace and while San Martín ensured it was far from easy, Marcelo Gallardo’s side ran out 3-1 winners.
Rafael Santos Borré poked River ahead inside three minutes and before long it was two as Carlos Auzqui, the provider for the first, latched onto a Exequiel Palacios through ball to drill the ball beyond Luis Ardente.
The home side were not to be discouraged and continued to come forward creating a number of good opportunities before eventually bundling a goal back with Auzqui getting the final touch into his own net.
The game hung in the balance until deep in stoppage time when academy product Alan Marcel tapped in his first River goal on his debut.
River obviously have the far more important matter of overturning their heavy Copa Libertadores quarter final first leg defeat to Jorge Wilstermann this week but Marcelo Gallardo will be buoyed by his side’s reaction in the league.