The chants before the game at La Bombonera were for Riquelme and it served as a reminder of the main story surrounding Boca Juniors at the moment. Yet for the uncertainty that an election brings and whether or not Gustavo Alfaro will remain as manager, the Xeneizes are three points clear at the top of the Superliga.
With a skip in the step of supporters after rivals River Plate had suffered defeat in the Copa Libertadores final a day earlier, there was no reason for that to change as Boca proved too strong for Unión.
The visitors missing their first choice central defence of Jonathan Bottinelli and Yeimar Gómez Andrade through suspension were immediately punished. Ramón Ábila left completely unmarked at a corner in their absence to head Boca in front inside three points.
From that point the result barely looked in doubt. A defence that has been breached only five times in 14 games was never really under threat and the only question was when would Boca make things more comfortable.
The answer was ten minutes into the second half when Nicolás Capaldo, strongly linked with a move to Europe, squared for Alexis Mac Allister to double the lead.
There was time for a second half cameo from Daniele de Rossi, who states he will be staying at the club despite injuries hindering his contribution to date, and Boca strolled to victory.
Argentinos Juniors will look to keep pace on Monday night before the two sides meet in a top of the table clash next Saturday.
Boca Juniors 2 – 0 Unión
While Boca’s managerial situation remains unclear, Racing Club know that they will be replacing Eduardo Coudet over the break and the defending champions slipped further behind after a 3-3 draw against Talleres.
Whoever comes in at the Cilindro still finds a talented squad in the title race but having twice thrown away a lead in Córdoba, it could have been better for Racing.
Matías Rojas opened the scoring for Racing with a smartly taken finish but the warning signs were there for the visitors as Franco Fragapane hit the post and the managed to miscue the rebound badly.
Fragapane would soon make amends with a teriffic run down the left, pulling the ball back for Nahuel Bustos to equalise. A deflected Matías Zaracho strike restored the lead only for former Independiente forward Jonathan Menéndez to stab Talleres level before the break.
Two absent defences made for an exciting back and forth and when a wonderful Bustos lob looked to have won it for Talleres, Jonathan Cristaldo came off the bench to snatch an equaliser five minutes from time.
Talleres 3 – 3 Racing Club
At the opposite end to the title race, there were two significant results in the relegation battle with Banfield easing fears and Gimnasia looking increasingly doomed.
Banfield will also be looking for a new coach but Julio César Falcioni’s move upstairs within the club is coming at a time that looks a little more comfortable than it did a couple of weeks ago. Victory in the clásico two weeks ago was followed up on Sunday evening with a 1-0 win over Vélez Sarsfield and El Taladro are now eight points clear of Patronato in the relegation zone.
Despite Leandro Fernández hitting the woodwork with a first half free-kick, Vélez have now not scored in four games and that dip in form has hit their title challenge. Instead, Banfield took all three points after 66 minutes when Reinaldo Lenis flicked a header past Lucas Hoyos.
As Banfield climb away from danger, Gimansia remain rooted to the bottom. Diego Maradona’s U-turn on his resignation during the week was supposed to serve as a boost but El Lobo slumped to a damaging 1-0 defeat to Arsenal in La Plata.
Juan Manuel García tapped in the only goal after three minutes and despite having plenty of time, Gimnasia failed to trouble goalkeeper Daniel Sappa even once. Diego may have remained but the task looks as difficult as ever.