Friday & Saturday Superliga highlights: Defensa shock Boca, and Olimpo are on the precipice

The twenty-second round of Superliga action got underway on Friday evening in Victoria, where Tigre claimed a 2-0 win over Gimnasia with goals from Jacobo Mansilla and Diego Morales. That win, combined with Temperley’s draw at home to Lanús and Olimpo’s defeat away to Banfield, means doesn’t leave them mathematically safe just yet – Olimpo’s defeat on Saturday away to Banfield means the Matador remain in the Superliga for another season. Argentinos Juniors hosted and leapfrogged Unión in the Estadio Diego A. Maradona, by beating them 3-1 with Lucas Barrios scoring two penalties – one in stoppage time at the end of each half. On Saturday evening, leaders Boca Juniors were handed a shock defeat in the Bombonera, where Defensa y Justicia’s Fernando Márquez scored after four minutes and then pounced on a stray pass from Lisandro Magallán to win the game in the 75th minute and hand the visitors their first ever win over Boca. That means that if San Lorenzo beat Godoy Cruz in the 11am kick off on Sunday, the gap at the top will be ‘only’ five points with five matches left – still comfortable for Boca, but a little more of a title race than we were expecting after the Xeneize beat Talleres last Sunday.

Tigre 2-0 Gimnasia

Argentinos Juniors 3-1 Unión

Rosario Central 2-1 Belgrano

Temperley 2-2 Lanús

Colón v Vélez Sarsfield – match suspended at 0-0 after 22 minutes due to crowd trouble. The Colón barra brava had met the squad during the week and demanded money from players to travel to the World Cup; when the players refused and club management backed them, the barra decided to mess things up for the team. For the moment the assumption seems to be that the remaining 68 minutes will be played at a later date, but watch this space.

Banfield 3-0 Olimpo

Boca Juniors 1-2 Defensa y Justicia

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