Boca Juniors have certainly given plenty of opportunities to the competition at the top of the Superliga but despite still not playing particularly well, the defending champions are almost there after victory over Unión.
Sunday’s 2-0 win in La Bombonera, once again masterminded by the talents of Cristian Pavón, has put Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s side three points clear of Godoy Cruz. El Tomba with only one game remaining and Boca getting two chances this week to secure the point needed to mathematically seal the title.
Pavón’s long range effort against the crossbar was the closest Boca came to an opener but Unión remained a threat and the longer it remained level, the more nervy it became.
The visitors were just beginning to gain some superiority when Boca broke the deadlock and just as it has been in recent weeks, Pavón was the architect. The World Cup hopeful splitting the Unión defence with a pass to find Ramón Ábila for a simple tap-in.
While Pavón’s first pass left Wanchope with little to do, his second required a wonderful finish from the big number nine, who hasn’t shown his best in a Boca shirt. A smart turn and neat footwork around Nereo Fernández saw Ábila roll in the second and with it the points were secure.
Boca play Gimnasia on Wednesday and could well have the title wrapped up before the final weekend.
Boca Juniors 2 – 0 Unión
Later in La Plata, Racing Club secured a valuable 2-1 victory that not only almost guarantees a Copa Sudamericana place but leaves La Academia with a chance of snatching the last Libertadores spot.
Lautaro Martínez, in what could be one of his final games in a Racing shirt, volleyed Eduardo Coudet’s side in front and even after Augusto Solari was sent off for a high boot, the visitors were able to keep Estudiantes out.
Prolific centre-back Alejandro Donatti curled in a superb free-kick to double the lead and although Mariano Pavone pulled a goal back, El Pincha couldn’t muster an equaliser.
The result saw Lucas Bernardi depart as manager and with one win in seven Superliga fixtures and exit from the Copa Libertadores almost certain, it came as little surprise.
Estudiantes 1 – 2 Racing Club