Boca Juniors, with their 1-2 victory against Central Córdoba on Saturday in Santiago del Estero, recovered ground and achieved peace of mind in the face of their potential qualification for the quarterfinals of the Argentine Professional Football League Cup, while RIver Plate got a worrying 1-1 draw at home against bottom side Atlético Tucumán on Sunday.
After two draws at home and a week of criticism for coach Sebastián Battaglia, Boca achieved a necessary 1-2 win against Central Córdoba with a brace from Eduardo ‘Toto’ Salvio, while Renzo López, from a penalty, discounted for the cast from Santiago
With this result, Boca was left with 21 units as the only escort of the leader of Zone 2, Estudiantes de La Plata, who on Friday had equaled 2-2 with Colón, in Santa Fe, in a result that left him with 25 points and with the insured ticket for the quarterfinals of the contest.
Aldosivi and Tigre, who occupy third and fourth position in Zone 2, will meet this Monday in one of the three matches that will mark the end of this twelfth day.
Colón, who tied 2-2 with Estudiantes, and Barracas Central, who tied 1-1 with Vélez Sarsfield, lost ground in their quest to remain among the top four in the group to access the playoffs.
Independiente, who lost 3-0 away to Rosario Central, gave up all their chances of qualifying for the next phase.
In Zone 1, meanwhile, Racing Club tied goalless with Newell’s Old Boys this Sunday, but with 28 points they secured their place in the final phase of the competition.
River Plate, meanwhile, tied 1-1 with bottom side Atlético Tucumán and, after the defeat the previous day in Córdoba against Talleres, added a certain degree of concern in the final stretch of this initial phase despite being one of the two escorts with 23 points along with Newell’s.
The fourth place belongs to Argentinos Juniors and the fifth to Sarmiento de Junín, both with 20 units, two rivals who will meet this Monday at the Diego Armando Maradona stadium in a key duel for the aspirations of both.
Defense and Justice, which tied 1-1 at home against Platense, was slightly relegated with 19 points, while Gimnasia, which beat Unión de Santa Fe 1-0, reached 18 integers and is excited about a final sprint that allows you to classify.
In the absence of two days for the end of this regular phase, only two of the twelve teams have already secured their place in the quarterfinals.