The hosts recorded their first win in eight games ...River Plate picked up three vital points in their quest for consolidation as they edged Boca Juniors in an uncharacteristically quiet Superclasico. Los Millonarios were arguably the better team throughout the ninety minutes, and deservedly won the game with Jonathan Maidana the sole goalscorer.
The hosts started the game with attacking intent and tried to lay a siege on Javier Garcia's goal in the early minutes. The first chance of the game came only two minutes after the first whistle when Mariano Pavone blasted a shot wide of the post.
Shortly after the promising Eric Lamela reminded everyone why he, and not Diego Buonanotte, was on the pitch tonight with some great play. First he sent a wonderful looping volley wide of the left post in the 18th minute and two minutes later he set-up Paulo Ferrari, who volley high from just seven yards out, for what proved to be the best chance for either team in the first half.
Moments later the starlet saw a free-kick from 30 yards saved by Javie Garcia as River Plate's attacks were getting more and more dangerous. In the 30th minute Ariel Ortega was presented with a glorious chance to break the deadlock, but failed to put it away after being through on goal.
The second half continued to be played in the same pattern as Los Millonarios were looking to finally score the go-ahead goal. Three minutes after the restart Eric Lamela saw another dangerous free-kick saved by Javier Garcia and moments later the hosts' appeals for handball were turned down by the referee.
River Plate finally got the goal they deserved in the 53th minute, when Jonathan Maidana headed in from a corner to sent the home fans into rapture. With one-goal lead, the hosts started to play more cautiously, but were always looking attack on the break.
The goal gave Boca Juniors a much needed awakening and they began pumping bodies forward in search for an equaliser. The visitors, however, were unable to break a resilient home defence and, admittedly, looked devoid of ideas as they failed to create a single clear-cut chance until the final whistle.
Eric Lamela had another free-kick narrowly miss in the waning minutes of the match for what proved to be the final moment of interest in this Superclasico.
Following tonight's result, River Plate are ninth in the standing, while Boca Juniors occupy the thirteenth position. Los Millonarios next league game is a visit to San Lorenzo on the 21th November, while Boca Juniors host Arsenal on the same day.