Five wins from five now for Boca Juniors and a four-point lead at the top of the Superliga but Sunday’s victory over Chacarita Juniors was not as straight forward as expected.
When Cristian Pavón raced clear inside three minutes to give Boca an all too easy lead, Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s side looked on course for an easy afternoon’s work. However, Edwin Cardona’s foolish second yellow card after just quarter of an hour, evened the playing field somewhat in La Bombonera.
It could have been worse for Boca had referee Néstor Pitana punished a handball by Wilmar Barrios in the penalty area but in truth despite their numerical advantage and Boca’s lacklustre display, the visitors failed to really work Agustín Rossi.
Miguel Mellado’s stupid red card not long into the second half levelled things up and from there Boca looked comfortable in holding their slender lead. It was far from the champions best but another three points carves out a healthy early advantage at the top.
Primarily as for the second week running River Plate were held to a draw. Marcelo Gallardo’s side travelled to a rainy Victoria to face a Tigre side still without a win but couldn’t do enough for all three points.
Ignacio Scocco scored from the penalty spot early on but Tigre swiftly had a chance of their own after Leonardo Ponzio was adjudged to have handled in the box. Denis Stracqualursi saw his powerfully struck penalty saved by Germán Lux and blasted the rebound over to give River a huge let-off.
And after both sides had strong penalty appeals each turned down, Tigre did eventually level when Lucas Janson headed in from Maxi Caire’s right-wing cross.
River pushed for a winner and did have chances but lacked their usual sharpness in front of goal. Nacho Scocco has already proved his worth to Los Millonarios but with Driussi and Alario gone, River desperately need some new consistent sources of goals.
Boca Juniors 1 – 0 Chacarita Juniors
Tigre 1 – 1 River Plate