A little later than usual as I am currently away but here is a recap from a dramatic round of action in the Superliga. Events in the Monumental rightly took the headlines and with Boca Juniors maintaining their 100% start, it is already difficult to see anyone stopping Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s side retaining the title.
Here are all the games, all the goals and how the table looks after round eight…
Chacarita Juniors 2 – 0 Gimnasia
Chacarita finally got their first Superliga win of the season and while Los Funebreros remain at the foot of the descenso, they can now start looking up. Federico Rosso’s thumping header and Mauro Matos’ well taken debut goal, handed the home side victory over Gimnasia.
Godoy Cruz 2 – 1 Huracán
Huracán remain in danger after their run of two straight defeats came to an end in Mendoza against Godoy Cruz. Ángel González opened the scoring after cutting in from the left and although Ignacio Pussetto equalised straight after half time, Santiago García struck the winner.
Colón 3 – 3 San Martín
The usually tight defence of Colón conceded three times when San Martín visited on Saturday but El Sabelero still managed a point. Claudio Mosca gave the visitors an early lead but goals either side of the break from Matías Fritzler and Tomás Chancalay put Colón ahead. When Diego Vera made it three, the points looked secure, however Matiás Escudero pulled one back in stoppage time Luis Ardente smashed in a penalty to draw level.
Lanús 0 – 2 Olimpo
Still celebrating their dramatic place in the Copa Libertadores final in midweek, a second string Lanús side were beaten by relegation threatened Olimpo. David Depetris headed the visitors in front and a goalkeeping howler by Fernando Monetti gifted Franco Troyansky a second.
San Lorenzo 0 – 1 Banfield
Previously unbeaten San Lorenzo tasted defeat for the first time this season as Banfield nicked all three points in the Nuevo Gasómetro. Nicolás Blandi had already missed two clear chances when Pablo Mouche blasted El Taladro ahead after quarter of an hour. Blandi’s afternoon got even worse when his attempted panenka penalty was saved by Facundo Altamarino and Los Cuervos couldn’t find a way to salvage anything.
Rosario Central 0 – 1 Atlético Tucumán
These two sides meet in the Copa Argentina semi finals and that will be of far greater importance to both sides but Atlético Tucumán scored an early morale boost with victory in Rosario. Gervasio Nuñez’s sensational dipping volley from 40 yards was enough to hand El Decano all the points.
Racing Club 1 – 1 Talleres
Following the disappointment of their Copa Sudamericana exit in midweek, Racing could have done with a weekend victory but Talleres ensured that La Academia had to settle for a point. Marcelo Torres broke the deadlock for La T but Diego Cocca’s blushes were spared by Andrés Ibargüen’s skidding long distance shot.
Temperley 1 – 4 Defensa y Justicia
Temperley look increasingly destined for relegation after a damaging home defeat to Defensa y Justicia on Sunday. Fernando Márquez and a Nicolás Fernández brace had the visitors three-up inside 25 minutes so when Ignacio Rivero made it 4-0 during the second half it rendered Adrián Arregui’s late penalty nothing more than a consolation.
Estudiantes 1 – 0 Argentinos Juniors
Argentinos Juniors’ four-match winning streak came to an end in Quilmes as Jonathan Schunke’s towering header gave Estudiantes a narrow victory.
Belgrano 0 – 0 Independiente
After successfully booking a place in the Copa Sudamericana semi finals, Independiente looked to secure Superliga victory but were once more undone by their profligacy in front of goal. Belgrano had their chances too but neither side could find the net.
River Plate 1 – 2 Boca Juniors
There was no question what the biggest game of the weekend was but while the neutral perhaps hoped that Boca Juniors would see their momentum slowed by rivals River Plate, the reigning champions sealed superclásico victory and with it went nine points clear at the top. River, reeling from their midweek Libertadores exit, started the better but were rocked by Nacho Fernández’s reckless kung-fu kick that earned him a first half red card. Edwin Cardona bent in the resulting free kick to put the visitors in firm control. River responded well and when Enzo Pérez managed to convince Néstor Pitana of a Edwin Cardona elbow, the numbers were levelled. Leonardo Ponzio sensationally drew River level from close to 40 yards but soon after the impressive Nahitan Nández sealed it for Boca. Eight wins from eight and nine points clear, there appears to be no stopping Boca.
Arsenal 0 – 0 Tigre
Arsenal against Tigre promised little and delivered even less. The goalless draw prompted Humberto Grondona to resign (only to then decide against it) and Caruso Lombardi’s Tigre remain winless.
Patronato 0 – 0 Newell’s Old Boys
There was more action in Paraná but no more goals as Patronato and Newell’s had to settle for a point after their stalemate.
Vélez Sarsfield 0 – 2 Unión
Unión climbed to second with victory over Vélez on Monday as goals from Franco Soldano and Lucas Gamba either side of half time, sealed the points. Defeat for Vélez and the ever-present threat of relegation saw Omar de Felippe become the latest managerial casualty in the Superliga.