Boca Juniors ensured that the title race will go to the final weekend after a 4-0 win over Colón on Friday evening while in the race for 2021 Copa Libertadores qualification Racing Club had to settle for a share of the points with Newell’s Old Boys.
River Plate supporters may well have been excited at the prospect of Boca dropping points after a drab, goalless 45 minutes but Miguel Ángel Russo’s side reacted superbly after the break and blew Colón away with a four-goal blitz.
It took ten minutes after the restart for Pol Fernández to break the deadlock, the midfielder chesting down Frank Fabra’s left wing cross to volley the ball into the bottom corner.
Colón, whose worrying slide into the relegation zone, had battled valiantly saw any remaining hope extinguished twenty minutes from time. The impressive Sebastián Villa bursting away from a couple of challenges to feed Eduardo Salvio for a simple finish before Carlos Tevez swiftly made it three.
With the points safely in the bag, Ramón Ábila came off the bench to add the best of the bunch with a sensational volley five minutes from time and with that Boca went level on points with River at the top. All eyes now focus on the Monumental for the visit of Defensa y Justicia with all those of a blue and gold persuasion praying that River slip up.
Colón 0 – 4 Boca Juniors
Earlier in Avellaneda, neither Racing nor Newell’s could take a firmer grip on the Copa Libertadores spots as the two sides fought to a 1-1 draw.
Newell’s were certainly good value for their point and although it was Sebastián Palacios who sprinted clear of the Racing defence to equalise, had the former Independiente forward been more clinical in front of goal La Lepra may have left with victory.
Palacios had already hit the crossbar with the game’s first clear opportunity when Leonel Miranda smashed Racing into a 38th minute lead as both sides continued to fashion decent chances.
Wasteful finishing and some excellent goalkeeping from Arias kept the scores level and even an exciting cameo from former Manchester City youngster Benjamín Garré couldn’t force a winner.