Argentina, Superclasico: River Plate 0-1 Boca Juniors

At the Monumental in Buenos Aires, accidents before the match: hundreds of River supporters tried to take advantage of the large crowd to enter the stadium without a ticket: 17 arrests

The first Superclasico in the yellow jersey is never forgotten. And Boca Juniors, who for the first time challenged River Plate without using the classic colors for the prediction – they say – of a shaman, will certainly remember it with pleasure. Not so much for performance, on the contrary: the Gallardo team is preferred for matches and opportunities, but the Xeneizes take advantage of the recklessness of the opposing defense to score the decisive goal with Villa.


The atmosphere, as expected, is incandescent at the Monumental, even before kick-off. Hundreds of River supporters tried to take advantage of the heavy crowds to enter the stadium without a ticket. The offenders clashed with the police, who arrested 17 people, while some managed to take advantage of the situation to pass controls. On the field, Boca is impalpable throughout the first half. The game is very physical, the Millonarios try to create dangers with interesting triangulations on the trocar. The first shot is from Alvarez, who in the 7th minute fires Barco’s cross but fails to coordinate well and the shot ends wide. Instead, the latter hits the mirror, when he recovers Fernandez’s filter and finishes a little weak, all easy for Rossi (24 ‘). The future Manchester City player tried again five minutes later, when he got rid of two defenders well and struck, finding opposition from the goalkeeper.

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Battle at the intermission dismisses Advincula, several times close to the second admonishment, and Benedetto, non-paying spectator. Not optimal conditions for the attacker, who has recently returned from a muscular problem. Vazquez takes his place in front and is immediately noticed, with a cross shot on which Armani must put on the gloves (49th). At 54′ Boca passes: Pirez calls out his goalkeeper, who hesitates; Villa took advantage of this, rounding first the central and then the goalkeeper, and depositing on the net with an empty net. River Plate immediately increased the pressure, but punctually hit the wall raised by Rossi, providential on several occasions. It’s when Rojo hits his own goal by deflecting a free kick with a header (56′), on the following action when Alvarez again shoots a blank from an excellent position and on Quintero’s free kick (67′) . Four minutes later, it was the crossbar that kept his goal unclimbed, on Enzo Fernandez’s unbalanced conclusion of the distance that printed at the intersection. At 77′, the Xeneizes looked forward for the last time: an excellent idea from Ramirez, who dribbled past two men and looked for the far post; Armani is reactive and rejects, Romero misses the tap-in. On the other hand, Rossi still achieves the parade which is worth the feat of the Monumental, conquered again after five years, flying over the head of Palavecino with a splendid jerk in the final.


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