“For me, Boca have already won the league,” were the words of Juan Román Riquelme before either of their closest rivals had kicked a ball on Monday evening and even though Talleres cut the lead to nine points, San Lorenzo’s defeat away to Gimnasia made the great number ten’s statement look all the more true.
Talleres welcomed Argentinos Juniors to Córdoba and there was no let-up in their tremendous form. Despite the visitors seeing plenty of the ball it was La T, who were able to rely on their almost impenetrable defence and strike on the counter.
Matías Pisano, making his first start since joining the club was decisive, the diminutive attacking midfielder bursting forward from half way to feed Juan Ramírez for the opener after 27 minutes and shortly after half time nicking the ball to assist Santiago Silva in doubling the lead.
Two points dropped in six matches for Talleres keeps Frank Kudelka’s side in second but the nine-point deficit behind Boca still looks a mountainous task.
Catching Boca looks equally insurmountable for San Lorenzo as they slipped to defeat against Gimnasia to remain twelve points off the pace with a game still in hand.
Injuries stacking up within Claudio Biaggio’s small squad has left San Lorenzo with a side that don’t look like champions and Gimnasia were able to take advantage in La Plata. A game of few real chances was decided ten minutes after half-time when the impressive Brahian Alemán escaped down the left and delivered a perfect cross for Facundo Pereyra to tap in at the back post.
San Lorenzo looked devoid of ideas in their attempts to overturn the lead and when Paulo Díaz was shown a second yellow card in the 83rd minute, defeat was all but confirmed.
Earlier in Rosario, life after Juan Manuel Llop began at Newell’s Old Boys but there was little improvement as interim manager Fabián Garfagnoli oversaw a goalless draw with Temperley.
La Lepra were the better side but the blunt attack once more failed to find the net and to the backdrop of a tense atmosphere in the stands, Temperley held on for a point. Newell’s continue to search for their new manager but the problems at the club run far deeper than simply finding the right coach.
Talleres 2 – 0 Argentinos Juniors
Newell’s Old Boys 0 – 0 Temperley
Gimnasia 1 – 0 San Lorenzo