Leonardo Jara’s injury time winner against Tigre last weekend papered over a few cracks as Boca Juniors remained out in front in the Superliga but as rivals River Plate exposed them in Wednesday’s Supercopa, the league leaders needed another last ditch goal to snatch a point away to Atlético Tucumán.
The lead may still be six points but Boca are stumbling their way towards a title defence after another lacklustre display took a scrappy Walter Bou goal in the 91st minute to simply avoid defeat.
Ramón Ábila and Cristian Pavón had already missed good chances in the Estadio Monumental José Fierro when Javier Toledo headed past Agustín Rossi unmarked after 32 minutes.
Having already seen Talleres win this weekend and eager to put the disappointment of the River defeat behind them, Boca pushed forward in search of an equaliser but lacked the fluency and potency from earlier in the season.
Atlético had a second goal ruled out for a marginal offside decision and as the game ticked into stoppage time, substitute Walter Bou bundled in an equaliser.
Talleres visit La Bombonera after the international break and if Guillermo Barros Schelotto cannot inspire an improvement, the title race could be blown wide open.
Atlético Tucumán 1 – 1 Boca Juniors
Finally in El Monumental, River Plate followed up their Supercopa triumph with victory over Belgrano, recording back-to-back league wins for the first time since September.
Normally so stubborn defensively, Belgrano gifted River a lead after only two minutes when a weak clearance fell to Gonzalo Martínez for the fit-again winger to smash past Lucas Acosta.
A narrow, but correct, offside call denied Epifanio García an equaliser as River continued to look shaky at the back but the supporters will have been pleased to see the confidence of the Supercopa lead to an improved attacking display.
García did get his goal shortly after half time to bring Belgrano level when Franco Armani could only parry a long range effort but two Ignacio Scocco goals on the counter handed River victory.
While the positives for River are clear, Marcelo Gallardo faces a difficult question ahead over whether to start Scocco over the club record signing (but struggling) Lucas Pratto. There is still a great deal of room for improvement but the victory closes Los Millonarios to within four points of the Copa Sudamericana qualification spots.
River Plate 3 – 1 Belgrano