Superliga review: 5 things from Round Five


There is only one real topic of conversation in Argentina this week as Lionel Messi and co. converge on Buenos Aires for a colossal week in World Cup qualification but before La Bombonera hosts the crunch Peru match, there is another round of Superliga action to dissect.

River stumble allows Boca to take early grip of title race

It may be early days but Boca Juniors opening up a four-point lead at this stage of the season is an ominous sign for the rest of the Superliga title hopefuls. Bitter rivals and closest competition, River Plate slipped up for the second consecutive weekend and while Boca produced only a marginally better performance, the champions eked out another victory.

Boca were far from their best against newly promoted Chacarita Juniors on Sunday, not helped by Erwin Cardona’s careless red card after a quarter of an hour, but thanks to Cristian Pavon’s early goal it was enough to chalk up a perfect fifth straight win.

After last week’s home draw with Argentinos Juniors, River needed to return to winning ways to keep pace with their rivals but another lacklustre display ended in a 1-1 draw with Tigre. An incident filled first half in a rainy Victoria saw both sides awarded penalties, Nacho Scocco scoring for River and Denis Stracqualursi missing for Tigre, both sides have strong appeals for another spotkick rejected and Lucas Janson equalising for El Matador.

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 Sebastián Driussi and Lucas Alario gone, River desperately need others to step up and fill that goalscoring void.

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