Gustavo Alfaro’s team only lost control of the game for brief periods before an almost harmless local team. The controversy flared at 10 minutes when Nicolás Fernández sent a cross that hit Frank Fabra’s hand, but referee Pablo Echavarría let the actions continue.
This is how El Xeneize managed to open the scoring from a misintelligence in the output of the Falcon. Jan Hurtado recovered from a bad pass from the local bottom and the play ended with the ball at the feet of Agustín Almendra, who sealed the 1-0 with a cross shot.
Boca was able to stretch the difference over 29 ‘, when Agustín Obando prevented a ball from going to the side and sent a cross into the area that Mauro Zárate could not deflect by little. The visit was more, but his moments of distraction allowed a tepid reaction from Defense, who approached with a very high shot from Alexis Castro and an attempt from Raúl Loaiza that goalkeeper Esteban Andrada pocketed without problems. In one of the last of the stage, Zárate was able to increase the count, but his free kick went just wide.
The locals came out with a renewed attitude in the second half and began to prowl the rival area. In fact, the clearest situations of the complement were for those of Mariano Soso: a ball that Lisandro López saved on the line after nine minutes and a header over the crossbar by Fernando “Cuqui” Márquez, who was left alone in front of Andrada after a short clearance by Carlos Izquierdoz.
Defense lacked forcefulness in attack and made the task easier for Boca, who could not find the ways to settle the lawsuit against him. Everything became even more difficult for the visit when Julio Buffarini was sent off for a double yellow at the close. Thus, Xeneize was only reached with that goal in the first half to do what he had to: win and maintain the leadership.
Boca is one of the two undefeated that the contest has (the other is Rosario Central). Alfaro’s men add 21 points to the top of the Superliga standings and take a difference of three from Argentinos Juniors, the only guard.
Defense and Justice, for its part, cannot get out of the irregularity. He lost his fifth game in the championship and, with only ten points, he is a long way from the fight.