Saturday and Sunday Superliga highlights: Boca open their defence with a win and Lanús let Defensa y Justicia off the hook

It’s not been a classic Superliga weekend: Saturday and Sunday’s matches in the opening round of 2018–19 Superliga action brought just nine goals from nine games, with three 0-0 draws and not a single away victory. On Saturday, Gimnasia and Unión got 1-0 wins over Argentinos Juniors and Aldosivi respectively, before Patronato v Colón and Belgrano v San Martín both ended 0-0, although at least in the case the latter that scoreline ended up looking somewhat baffling given the number of chances in the second half. Sunday’s games were little better: Boca Juniors took an early lead thanks to a fine Cristian Pavón strike against former club Talleres, after which the champions held their opponents at arm’s length; Godoy Cruz needed a 94th-minute penalty to beat Estudiantes, and Rosario Central ground out a 1-0 win over Banfield. The exception was Lanús v Defensa y Justicia, in which the hosts were 2-0 up after twelve minutes, and were still 2-0 up with twelve minutes left, only for Nicolás Fernández to hit two goals in three minutes and claim a point for the visitors. Sunday evening ended with a draw between Huracán and River Plate on a woeful pitch which saw Gonzalo Martínez miss a penalty against his former team and each side have a goal disallowed (both correctly, although Huracán’s caused a bit of a fuss).

Gimnasia 1-0 Argentinos

Unión 1-0 Aldosivi

Patronato 0-0 Colón

Belgrano 0-0 San Martín de San Juan

Boca Juniors 1-0 Talleres

Godoy Cruz 1-0 Estudiantes

Lanús 2-2 Defensa y Justicia

Rosario Central 1-0 Banfield

Huracán 0-0 River Plate


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