Boca Juniors tied 2-2 with Argentinos Juniors in a vibrant match this Saturday and won the first ticket to the final of the Diego Maradona Cup of Argentine soccer, while River Plate was out of the fight for the title when falling 2-0 with Independiente.
Boca, who lined up a formation with several substitutes, recovered from an adverse start, as Argentinos started better and took the lead with a goal from Diego Sosa (9).
The ‘Xeneize’ team turned the score around with goals from Mauro Zárate (24), after a brilliant assist from the Colombian Edwin cardona, and Ramón Wanchope Abila (60), who missed a penalty in the first half (42), which he lifted over the crossbar.
Boca seemed to be heading smoothly to the final, but Fausto Vera (87) tied for Argentinos, who needed to win to be a finalist.
Thus, Boca finished at the top of Group A of the Champion Phase with 9 points, followed by River (8 and goal difference +1) and Argentinos Juniors (8 and 0), and in the final of the Maradona Cup they will face the winner of Group B, which will be known on Sunday, with Banfield, Talleres de Córdoba and Gimnasia La Plata as applicants to obtain the other ticket to the definition.
Beyond playing the final of the Maradona Cup next week, Boca has as its main objective the Copa Libertadores, which is why it reserved most of its starters for the revenge of the semifinal against the Brazilian Santos, who will play next Wednesday in Vila Belmiro after equaling 0-0 in the first game.
On the other side, River came with good chances of fighting for a place in the final, against the already eliminated Independiente, but the ‘Rojo’, who was even left without a technical director in the last hours due to the resignation of Lucas Pusineri, surprised him with a double from the skilled Alan Velasco (24 and 40), in a duel that showed the ‘Millionaires’ in poor form.
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Like Boca, River will play all or nothing in the other semifinal of the Copa Libertadores next Tuesday, when it visits Palmeiras in Sao Paulo. Those led by Marcelo Gallardo have to overcome three goals as a visitor, after falling 3-0 in the first game.