Even after being forced to wait almost 24 hours extra for the first leg of the CONMEBOL Libertadores, the Superclásico lived up to its billing.
The match began at an electric pace as both sides attempted to take the early initiative. River Plate were the more sharper on the ball and their three-man defensive wall appeared to stifle Boca's earlier attacks. River were getting closer and closer to Agustin Rossi's goal but the keeper withstood the heavy onslaught.
Boca's plans were dealt a cruel blow when Cristian Pavón was forced off with a hamstring injury less than half an hour into the contest. His replacement was Darío Benedetto. This saw the hosts change their formation and the added firepower in attack allowed them to start causing River problems too as the game began to even out.
Benedetto's strike partner, Ramón Wanchope Ábila, soon found the breakthrough. He twisted and turned to gain a yard of space inside the box and saw Armani block his initial shot. However the striker was the quickest to react to the loose ball and didn't make a mistake with his second shot, beating the keeper at the near post and sending La Bombonera into raptures.
Yet River weren't giving up just yet and by the time the home supporters had stopped celebrating, the vistors were back on level terms. Lucas Pratto squeezed between two centre backs and kept his composure to beat Rossi.
The game opened up once again and both sides exchanged chances to take the lead heading into the half time break. Boca were a threat from set pieces and Sebastian Villa's long, deep freekick into the penalty area was met by Benedetto and he guided the ball into the top corner. This was the striker's fourth goal in his last three matches.
However it didn't take long after the break for River to crash the party once again. It came from a set piece and as Pratto challenged Boca defender Carlos Izquierdoz, the unfortunately centre back headed the ball into his own net.
Both sides made changes to freshen up their line-ups with tiredness kicking in after an intense battle. Carlos Tevez was one of those new faces and when he passed the ball to Benedetto with just Armani to beat, you could hear a pin drop. This time however Armani was the victor of the duel and the match finished 2-2. It's still all to play for at El Monumental on the 24th November.