Boca Juniors are taking a firm grip on the title race after chalking up a sixth consecutive victory while rivals River Plate were held to a third straight draw on Sunday.
Despite remaining unbeaten, River’s two previous draws had already seen Boca open up something of a lead at the top and so Marcelo Gallardo will have been eager to ensure his side didn’t surrender any further advantage to their rivals when Atlético Tucumán visited the Monumental.
When Milton Casco and Rafael Santos Borre scored to put River two ahead shortly after half time, a victory looked certain and for a while the only question was how many Los Millonarios might put past the visitors.
However, Luis Rodríguez pulled a goal back and with it El Decano suddenly appeared a far greater threat. A header had already clattered against the crossbar when River’s rotated defence left an unmarked Ismael Blanco to tap in an equaliser from close range.
Both sides had chances to win it but had to settle for a share of the points, meaning when Boca Juniors kicked off a little later in Paraná, the opportunity to go six clear was up for grabs.
Losing Fernando Gago to another long-term injury while the midfielder was on international duty was a huge blow to Boca but Guillermo Barros Schelotto was dealt a slice of luck when the midfielder’s replacement Nahitan Nández was only shown a yellow card for a rash first half challenge.
With the game still goalless, Boca’s familiar match winners popped up to seal the win. Cristian Pavón opened the scoring just after half time and with a little over ten minutes remaining, Darío Benedetto turned in Frank Fabra’s low cross.
Six wins from six and now firmly out in front, despite there being a long way to go there is a sense that the title is Boca’s to lose.
River Plate 2 – 2 Atlético Tucumán
Patronato 0 – 2 Boca Juniors