Boca Juniors are edging ever closer to the Argentinean Superliga title after a last second winner threw a Jara of cold water over chasing pack’s hopes
When we look back in a couple of months, Round Nineteen might just be the weekend that Boca Juniors made sure of their title defence.
Less than a week after losing to Argentinos Juniors, added dropped points from the visit of Tigre to La Bombonera would have constituted as a major wobble and one which Boca’s title rivals would have been waiting to take advantage of.
Guillermo Barros Schelotto didn’t get a particularly impressive performance but Leonardo Jara sliding in a 95th minute winner could prove instrumental. A contentious penalty had given Boca the lead but when Matías Pérez Acuña equalized two minutes from time, it looked as though the leaders’ lead was being cut once more.
Jara, who had been considered by Jorge Sampaoli as an option at right-back, scoring with the last kick of the game maintains an eight-point advantage and Boca remain firm favourites.
San Lorenzo’s slim hopes of a challenge were all but extinguished after a 1-1 draw against Huracán in the clásico. It could have been worse for Los Cuervos but Nicolás Reniero’s late equaliser salvaged a point leaving San Lorenzo 13-points adrift.
Claudio Biaggio’s side knew that they needed a strong 2018 but after a poor summer of recruitment, one win in six has left them 13 points adrift.
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And so that leaves Talleres and Independiente as the only realistic challengers to Boca.
Talleres maintained their incredible form, coming from behind to score a late 3-1 win over Atlético Tucumán while Independiente battled to a hard fought 2-1 victory against Argentinos Juniors.
Boca still need to play both sides during the run-in; La T on an eight-game unbeaten run currently eight points behind and Independiente in third, eleven points off the leaders but with a game in-hand against San Lorenzo.
With a 1-0 win over Arsenal in Mendoza, Godoy Cruz climbed into the Copa Libertadores qualifying spots at the expense of Racing Club, whose five-match winning streak was brought to an end with a 1-1 draw away to Chacarita Juniors.
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Lautaro Martinez, rewarded with a spot in Jorge Sampaoli’s Argentina squad, was once again on target but couldn’t drag La Academia to a sixth consecutive Superliga victory.
River Plate ended their own run of form thanks to a last-gasp own goal that gifted Marcelo Gallardo’s under-fire team a 1-0 win against Patronato. Los Millonarios have been in dreadful form, this only a third win in sixteen, and while the performance was hardly an improvement, River were given a little boost ahead of Wednesday’s Supercopa against Boca Juniors in Mendoza.
And finally, Omar de Felippe made a winning start as Newell’s Old Boys manager with an impressive victory over San Martín. While the club’s problems run far deeper than something to be fixed with a new coach, La Lepra produced their best performance in a long time to run out deserved 2-0 winners.