Boca Juniors held to scoreless draw vs. Santos in first leg Copa Libertadores semi final

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Boca Juniors were held to a 0-0 draw vs. Santos in their first leg of the semi finals in the Copa Libertadores.

It was a match to forget, with very little clear cut chances for both sides but Boca could consider themselves a bit lucky. Late in the second half, Izquierdos appeared to have fouled Marinho in the penalty area but after reviewing with VAR, the referee decided not to call the penalty.

There will be all to play for next week in the second leg in Brazil as Boca will want to qualify for the final. As it stands, things look very difficult for an all Argentine final after River’s 3-0 loss to Palmeiras on Tuesday.

6 Comments

  1. Unfortunately, River played right into the brazilians’ hands, I’ve seen it time and time again with Argentina-Brazil games, especially when Dunga was coaching the yellows, Argentina tries to attack and play beautiful football and Brazil sits back and attacks on the counter.
    Boca did it correctly, play the brazilian game, sit back, let them come to you and then counter.

    • you are correct in everything. just we can t play that way unfortunately because River s dna is attacking football and we live or we die following our philosophy.
      but even if we wanted to play that way we can t because our very poor CB players we have.
      we have only 3 and all of them is not worth to wear River jersey. Pinola used to play good in past but anymore he is old.

  2. yup, that’s just the modern boca style nowadays that can probably match the brazilian teams better than river’s current unbalanced squad. fully expect boca to bring their counter press in brazil and try to squeeze out a 1-0 with 20% possession. if they spend this whole week practicing penalties i won’t be surprised.

    as amit mention in previous thread, the interesting game yesterday was the lanus v velez. many interesting players to watch in one match- orellano, almada, guidara, ortega, belmonte, morales, bernabei, de la vega, aguirre, maybe even gianetti etc, not to mention the tactical match up of zubeldia vs the experience of pellegrino.