It wasn’t the most convincing display but Gustavo Alfaro is seemingly getting close to his first choice eleven and with victory over Godoy Cruz on Sunday, Boca made it five wins in six to climb into the top four.
A lively start saw Facundo Cobos clumsily bring down Carlos Tevez allowing Darío Benedetto to open the scoring from the penalty spot and yet despite shipping six goals from two home games in the past week, Godoy Cruz didn’t fold as could have been expected.
In fact only the woodwork denied the visitors an equaliser when Diego Sosa strode forward from midfield and crashed a shot off the underside of the crossbar.
With Boca failing to get into any sort of stride, a superb point-blank save by Esteban Andrada preserved the lead after the break and the tighest of offside calls ruled out a Santiago García goal.
Gustavo Alfaro eventually made the change that would seem to be his strongest eleven as Carlos Tevez was replaced by the far fresher Mauro Zárate and it was the substitute who ultimately sealed the points. A wonderful free-kick in stoppage time doubled the lead and with back-to-back wins, Alfaro’s side climb into the Copa Libertadores qualification spots.
Boca Juniors 2 – 0 Godoy Cruz
Newell’s Old Boys were looking to follow up their impressive draw with Boca last weekend but were unable to find a way past Unión goalkeeper Nereo Fernández.
Jerónimo Cacciabue for the visitors and Augusto Lotti for the hosts both blazed over glorious second half chances as it ended goalless.
Unión 0 – 0 Newell’s Old Boys