Central Córdoba struck against Boca Juniors: they won 1-0 in Santiago del Estero

* González Metilli’s goal that opened the score and the summary of Ferro’s victory

The positive streak of Boca Juniors stopped in Santiago del Estero. Central Córdoba struck for the second date of the Professional League: they defeated Xeneize 1-0 thanks to González Metilli’s goal. The champion of the League Cup and the Argentine Cup came from two consecutive wins (2-1 against Arsenal and 1-0 against Ferro), but this time he showed cracks and paid for his ineffectiveness in the chances with which he counted to convert.

The meeting began with a very interesting rhythm. Boca bet on its usual tenure plan from the good footing of the midfielders, making the field wide with the full-backs and Zeballos. Central Córdoba bet on charging the central defenders with balls or searching behind the backs of the leading markers, with González Metilli and Kaprof.

Thus, the first great controversy of the match occurred. Two minutes later, the former River went hand in hand with Rossi and Rojo destabilized him by throwing himself from behind, but the striker did not jump, which could have exacerbated the contact. The referee Pablo Echavarría paused a few minutes while the VAR reviewed the play. Indeed, the touch of the former Students caused his rival not to stand. However, the technology in charge of Mauro Vigliano did not notice the same, and the main judge let him continue.

The best part of the visit came from Ramírez’s feet, as in the action in which he unbalanced on the left and, when the situation called for a pass to the middle for Benedetto or Orsini, he opted for the personal one and his shot hit a defender. On the other side, Metilli twice tested Rossi’s resistance.

* The controversy at the start of Central Córdoba-Boca: there was a penalty from Rojo to Kaprof

The meeting was becoming plateaued between Xeneize’s territorial dominance without depth and the fact that Ferro did not find spaces so quickly for a reply or searched for López so much above. In this context, the two clearest were from the cast of La Ribera. At 32 ′, Izquierdoz shot in front of the goal and his attempt hit Kalinski and went over the crossbar. And at 38 Benedetto stole the ball on the side, launched the search engine and found Ramírez, who missed the fence.

The complement recovered that back and forth from the beginning. Boca had two concrete opportunities: an overflow by Fabra that Benedetto headed just wide. And a hitch and left foot by Pol Fernández that shook the crossbar.

But the hammer blow came from the premises at 10 ‘. Francisco González Metilli assisted and went to the rebound of Rossi’s save to seal the 1-0. That could have been 2-0 at 18: in a play almost traced to the penalty not charged to Rojo, Weigandt touched Metilli from behind. The VAR, this time, called to corroborate and Echavarría sanctioned. López took over, but the former Chacarita goalkeeper appeared in full stature. Soraire took the loose ball and sealed the 2-0, however, his cry would be drowned out, since the human-technology detected that he invaded at the time of his partner’s execution. And the result did not move.

* The complete sequence: infringement, VAR intervention, Rossi save, and disallowed goal

Central Córdoba was giving ground in defending the result and Boca deepened the search with Villa. In fact, he was in charge of the two most dangerous shots for the visitor. Given the lack of ideas, in desperation Battaglia included Vázquez and Figal as beacons in the area.

A couple of headers from Rojo and Benedetto brought the Xeneize closer to the target. Also a perfect swing by Vázquez that passed by a post. But the surprise was consumed. With some vices of those shown before the final sprint that consecrated it in the League Cup, Boca suffered the first defeat in the domestic competition. And Central Córdoba, which is fighting to maintain the category, scored the second victory in its history against one of the most popular teams in Argentina.


Central Cordoba: Christopher Toselli; Ivan Ramirez, Fabio Pereyra, Mathias Di Benedetto, Jonathan Bay; Francisco Gonzalez Metilli, Enzo Kalinski, Jesus Soraire, Alexander Martinez; John Cross Kaprof and Renzo Lopez. DT: Sergio Rondina.

Boca Juniors: Augustine Rossi; Marcelo Weigandt, Charles Left, Mark Red, Frank Fabra; William Fernandez, Alan Varela, John Ramirez; Exequiel Zeballos, Darius Benedetto and Nicholas Orsini. DT: Sebastián Battaglia.

Referee: Pablo Echavarria.

Estadio: Mother of Cities (Santiago del Estero).

TV: ESPN Premium.


With information from Telam


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