Just when the title race was already looking sewn up, Boca Juniors dropped their first points of the season in defeat to Racing Club and leading scorer Darío Benedetto ruptured his knee ligaments ruling the Argentina striker out for eight months.
Champions Boca had been perfect and after their Superclásico victory before the international break, the visit of Racing, who have struggled all season, was expected to be another routine three points.
However, Lautaro Martínez proved why he is perhaps the most exciting young talent in Argentina with an inspirational performance in La Bombonera to stun Boca.
The 20-year-old drilled in the opening goal from the edge of the penalty area but almost immediately Boca were level. Darío Benedetto slotted in his ninth of the season from the penalty spot and a feisty first half drew to a close.
Racing retook the lead shortly after half time with Martínez turning provider to slide the ball in for Augusto Solari to skip round Agustín Rossi and although Boca piled on the pressure in search of an equaliser, the usually prolific attack couldn’t find a way past Juan Musso.
Boca’s evening got far worse when Benedetto fell to the turf clutching his knee and the studies have now shown that the 27-year-old has ruptured his cruciate ligaments, facing between six and eight months out.
Victory in La Bombonera is exactly what Diego Cocca needed after a poor start back with Racing and suddenly the Superliga title race may not be as certain as it once seemed.
Boca Juniors 1 – 2 Racing Club
Unión had the opportunity earlier on Sunday to close the gap on Boca and climb into second but were held to a goalless draw by Chacarita Juniors. Both sides had chances in Santa Fe but were unable to find a breakthrough, leaving El Tatangue six points off Boca.
Unión 0 – 0 Chacarita Juniors
In Victoria, Tigre finally earned their first win of the season with a 2-0 victory over Estudiantes. Matías Pérez García slotted in the opener from the penalty spot and when Iván Gómez diverted the ball into his own net after 65 minutes, the home side closed on all three points. Caruso Lombardi’s team held on for the win and were at last able to celebrate victory.
Tigre 2 – 0 Estudiantes
And with Tigre chalking up their first win, Rosario Central followed suit with a hard fought victory away to Talleres.
El Canalla’s poor form cost Paolo Montero his job but with Leonardo Fernández in temporary charge, the visitors secured the points. Fernando Zampedri volleyed the only goal of the game and despite Talleres pushing players forward in search of a point and potentially climbing into second, Central held on.
Talleres 0 – 1 Rosario Central