It is difficult to see a side preventing Boca Juniors from retaining their title on current form as Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s side swept past previously unbeaten Vélez Sarsfield in Liniers.
Vélez’s were yet to even concede a goal but the hope of keeping out such a devastating Boca attack always looked like wishful thinking and it took less than quarter of an hour. The outstanding Frank Fabra burst forward from left back to leave Darío Benedetto with one of his easiest goals in a Boca shirt.
Shortly after half time and Boca doubled the lead with Benedetto again on the scoresheet, this time with an improvised scorpion-kick from under the crossbar to force the ball home. Four games into the season and the 27-year-old already has five goals to his name.
Boca were now rampant and as Benedetto attempted to find Edwin Cardona for the third, Nicolás Domínguez inadvertently steered the ball into his own net. Fabra, on another of his characteristic raids into the opponent’s penalty box, notched the fourth in the 86th minute as the champions maintained their 100% start to the campaign.
Later in Mendoza, Independiente’s bad week got worse as once again wasteful finishing came back to haunt Ariel Holan’s side and allowed Godoy Cruz to snatch a 1-0 victory.
Days after their Copa Argentina exit, Independiente were aiming to bounce back with three points in the Superliga but were undone by a contentious second half penalty.
El Rojo certainly had the chances to pick up the away win but squandered all that came their way leaving Patricio Loustau’s harsh decision to award a penalty at a corner to be decisive. Unperturbed by the call, Santiago García stroked the spotkick home and it was enough for El Tomba to take the points.
Vélez Sarsfield 0 – 4 Boca Juniors
Godoy Cruz 1 – 0 Independiente