After a good dose of UEFA Champions League Football, this Tuesday was still special due to the Argentine Superclasico between Boca Juniors and River Plate. And it wasn’t just a mere River-Boca. The deadliest rivals were deciding a spot in the huge Copa Libertadores Final. Marcelo Gallardo’s River had the advantage as they beat Boca at the Monumental de Nunez by 2-0 and could even lose up to one goal-difference.
Curiously, that was exactly what happened, in a game that wasn’t really inspiring on the pitch. However, outside, in the standings, Boca Juniors fans did their best to shorten the technical difference between the home team and their archrival. The ground was ideal. The famous La Bombonera, whose worldwide fame was able to lure European players such as Daniele De Rossi to Argentina, just that he could experience the feeling of playing for Boca.
Unfortunately for Boca and De Rossi, this Boca Juniors side is not that good and rely only on set-pieces and corners to try something through aerial balls. A bit mediocre for a side with the size and tradition of Boca, but that’s how it is.
Boca had the same strategy all over the entire 90 minutes and were clearly trying to draw fouls from literally anywhere in the pitch to have the aerial ball. They even scored in the first half like that, but guess what happened? River Plate, Copa Libertadores, VAR… Exactly. the VAR showed up once again and saved River.
The Xeneizes supporters didn’t stop chanting for a second and tried to push their team to a very unlikely 2-0 win. The sole goal finally came out on 80 mins, as Mac Allister’s cross from a set-piece found Hurtado, who tapped into the nets. 1-0 Boca.
La Bombonera exploded, and we had 10 remaining minutes where the hosts tried something, but in reality, they didn’t have a clear chance to take it to the Penalty shootouts.
Even despite missing out the spot to River, Boca supporters applauded the players by the end of the match, as River players celebrated another Copa Libertadores Final. It’s the 3rd in a 5-year spacetime.
The Reigning Copa Libertadores champions now await the winner of the Brazilian duel between Jorge Jesus’ Flamengo and Gremio, which will take place tomorrow at the Maracana Stadium.