Boca Juniors join River at summit, Maradona frustration at Gimnasia draw, late drama in Banfield & two stalemates (VIDEO)

Boca Juniors ensured that rivals River Plate still have work to do in order to claim their first league title under Marcelo Gallardo after beating Unión 2-0 in La Bombonera to go level on points with the Millonarios overnight.

Franco Soldano now playing in his favoured number nine role, rather than as the makeshift midfielder that Gustavo Alfaro appeared to view him, slotted Boca in front after 22 minutes.

Despite Atlético’s trip to Boca coming between the two legs of a Copa Libertadores qualifier against The Strongest the visitors still posed a threat.

Aside from a couple of nervy moments though Boca remained in control and in stoppage time substitute Ramón Ábila doubled the lead from the penalty spot.

With four games remaining Boca now pray for a River slip-up somewhere along the way.

Boca Juniors  2 – 0  Unión

At the opposite end of the spectrum from the title race, Gimnasia were within a whisker of picking up a vital victory to climb off the foot of the relegation table but were instead pegged back by Patronato.

With both sides ensconced in the relegation zone, a point did little to help either yet for Patronato it will have felt like much more and for Diego Maradona it was a cruel blow.

Gimnasia led early with Paolo Goltz heading his first goal since joining from Boca and were gifted an opportunity to wrap up the win seven minutes from time when Lautaro Comas’ rash challenge scythed down Maxi Comba. However, Lucas Barrios struck the woodwork from the penalty spot and the momentum swung in an instant. Within a minute Patronato were level, Gabriel Ávalos firing in from close range and with it keeping Gimnasia eight points from safety.

Gimnasia  1 – 1  Patronato

That eight points could have been eleven had Colón taken their chances in Florencio Varela where El Sabalero played out a goalless draw with Defensa y Justicia.

Luis Rodríguez and Cristian Bernardi both wasted good chances during the first half and although the draw ends a run of five straight defeats with one in nine, Colón remain in deep trouble.

Banfield and Rosario Central have likely already done enough to stave off relegation for this season and they too played out a draw.

It looked like it would also be goalless until Reinaldo Lenis broke the deadlock two minutes from time. But deep in stoppage time Cristian González headed Central level for a share of the points.

And finally in Rosario, Newell’s and Estudiantes played out another rather flat goalless draw.

The home side had the better of it and two strong penalty shouts at the end of either half gave reason for complaints at full time but in a game with only one shot on target it was difficult to say anyone deserved more.

Defensa y Justicia  0 – 0  Colón

Banfield  1 – 1  Rosario Central

Newell’s Old Boys  0 – 0  Estudiantes