Argentina’s revamped Superliga may only be three rounds old but there is already a familiar look to the league table with River and Boca on form
Boca & River out on their own
Unsurprisingly Vélez Sarsfield were unable to maintain their 100% start to the season and so El Fortín’s goalless draw away to Talleres left the heavyweights of Boca and River to pull away at the top on Sunday evening.
Champions Boca made no mistake despite falling behind early to Godoy Cruz in La Bombonera thanks to a Pablo Pérez brace and one each from Cristian Pavón and Uruguayan youngster Nahitan Nández; while River Plate scrapped to a 3-1 win away to San Martín with goals by Rafael Santos Borré, Carlos Auzqui and an overcome debutant Alan Marcel Picazzo.
Three from three for the two giants, seemingly paving the way for the expected title race
Boca are already the leading scorers and look ominously better placed than when they lifted the title last year. The prolific Darío Benedetto didn’t get on the scoresheet for a change but midfielder Pablo Pérez is in tremendous form and is rumoured to be close to a call up for Argentina. Eager to replicate a Boca match-day atmosphere, Argentina could have Benedetto, Pérez, Fernando Gago and Cristian Pavón among the squad when Peru visit next month.
River, meanwhile, keep pace with their rivals but are understandably making harder work of chalking up the wins. Marcelo Gallardo’s rotation after vital Copa Libertadores matches has stretched River’s squad but even with largely second-string elevens are finding ways past their Superliga opponents.
It is this strength that Boca and River have that mark them as the overwhelming favourites for the Superliga. Boca will have to juggle cup commitments in 2018 and so will be aiming to take advantage of a clear schedule during the first half of the season.
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