The title race swung decidedly back in the direction of Lanús on Sunday afternoon, as Boca Juniors lost in El Viaducto to an Arsenal side who should have been distracted by the thought of an impending Copa Sudamericana final. Lanús, should they get a win over Argentinos, will have the title within their grasp.
Two first-half headers, from Andrés San Martín and Alejandro Gómez, put paid to Boca before the break, and the Xeneize, playing dreadfully, couldn’t really get back into the match in the second period. Carlos Bueno got a consolation with fifteen minutes to play, but Boca never looked like getting the equaliser.
A game of long passes and not too much real football from both sides, but it was Arsenal’s greater hunger and eagerness to get the ball into more dangerous positions that did the trick. Boca’s fans will be anything but enamoured with the result, but three other sides will be over the moon. Lanús have a real chance of putting one hand on the trophy now, Tigre’s chances of finishing second (or, who knows, even first?) have improved hugely – and let’s not forget the victors themselves, who will now give América a welcome for the Sudamericana final first leg on the back of some very good home form indeed.