Boca Juniors win thrilling Superclasico on penalties vs. River Plate


It was Boca Juniors who got the 4-2 win on penalties vs, River Plate at La Bombona after finishing 1-1 after 90 minutes. Boca advanced to the semifinals of the Copa de la Liga Profesional with the shootout win. The team coached by Gallardo played with an XI consisting mostly of substitutes due to a massive Covid outbreak which struck 15 players inside the squad.

Carlos Tevez opened the score for Boca with a header in the 11th minute, after what looked like a clear foul that was not called by the referee. Boca’s idol had pushed River’s center back Jonathan Maidana right before giving Boca the lead.

River drew level in the 68th minute with a great header from the young but experienced striker Julian Alvarez, which came after great cross from Fabrizio Angileri on the left.

With the score at 1-1 after 90 minutes, the Superclasico went to a penalty shootout. Two great saves from Boca’s goalkeeper Agustin Rossi led the hosts to the semifinals, where they will face Racing Club in the next round. Boca also snapped a three-game losing streak.

Riquelme’s statement:

After the win, Boca’s vice president and legend, Juan Roman Riquelme, talked with TNT Sports and had some controversial things to say:

“The victory is deserved; River did not even have a kick on goal.

“I have no doubt that we have the best team in the country.”

He even spoke about the possibility of Edinson Cavani joining the squad next year:

“I think next year he will be with us, God willing. In December he told me that he wanted to come. The only thing we can offer him differently is that our stadium moves when it is full. But today we are not playing with people so we can’t offer him that now. He’s a star.”

Alan Díaz great debut

Because all four of River’s goalkeepers tested positive for COVID yesterday, 21-year-old Alan Diaz, who had never played a single minute in the Reserves, made his debut in Sunday’s match. The inexperienced goalkeeper did a great job and was one of the stars of the match. One highlight was a save in a decisive moment, a difficult shot from Carlos Tevez. He also saved one of the penalties in the shootout, when Cardona tried to score with a Panenka.

Carlos Izquierdoz and Hector Martinez solid defensively

Boca’s center back “Cali” Izquerdoz and River’s center back Hector Martinez were crucial in their respective defensive structures. Both played at a high level, with constant interceptions and clearances.


  1. With more positive cases, looks like gallardo himself will have to be in playing 11 to field a full team😂. How did their bio bubble go so bad. Maybe 20 players now. Surprising conembol cant even postpone games in such exceptional scenarios

  2. Inter Face Challenge From Atletico Madrid For Udinese Right-Back Nahuel Molina, Italian Media Report

    As reported by Tuttomercatoweb, the Nerazzurri have been tracking the Argentine defender with a view to making a move in the summer.

    It follows lengthy interest in fellow Argentines at the Zebrette, goalkeeper Juan Musso and midfielder Rodrigo De Paul, as Antonio Conte’s side look to strengthen ahead of next season.

    Atletico Madrid have also shown considerable interest in Molina however and are ready to battle Inter for his signature, as they look to provide competition for current right-back Kieran Trippier.

    The 22-year-old joined Udinese on a free transfer from Boca Juniors last September and has gone on to make 20 Serie A appe

  3. This should be 23 for Argentina
    1 Emi Martinez
    2 A. Maschrain
    3 Andrada
    4 Otamendi
    5 Juan Foyth
    6 Acuna
    7 C. Romero
    8 Tagliafico
    9 Sarvia
    10 Jose Palomino
    11 Paredes
    12 Lo celso
    13 De paul
    14 Emi Buendai
    15 G. Rodriguez
    16 Papu Gomez
    17 E. Palacios
    18 Messi
    19 Aguero
    20 Lautaro Martinez
    21 N. Gonzalez
    22 Di maria.
    23 J. Correa
    If 23+ players going to be selected then Dybla,Alario and Pezella should be included.

  4. Riquelme… “I have no doubt we have the best team in the country”… River’s B/C team played better many moments throughout the game.. Boca’s massive luck these months is bound to run out and when River make a good move or two this summer the next superclasico in August/July boca will feel it HARD

    • classic Bostero. don t be surprised my friend. propaganda is always inside their nature.
      Especially in Gallardo era they see us inside their nightmares. they have lost their sleep you know that. River football academy have leveled up the last decade so much. they are modernized anymore far in front of Bosteros. this is their biggest nightmare.

      • In Primera Division Boca is def the best, in Gallardo era champions in 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2020 and now the biggest favourites too, now Gallardo has excuses, but in previous years hardly, overall he is in looser mode in Primera, with a huge bottlejob last year.

        • Csabalala, last year River was poor at the end, but please remember that we tied the last game after a goal of ours was wrongfully ruled offside. We would have won 2-1, and we deserved 2 clear penalties (1 was very very clear), turned out that referee has family members that liked Boca so he probably did too. We were deserved winners last year. About the other years River generally focus more on international trophies and we are good at knockout tournaments. I believe this is the first knockout style game we have lost against Boca to give some insight, so I think that in direct games between them we prove we are better

        • it is your opinion ok no problem. Personally i don t care for the corrupted dirty trophiyes of Bosteros. they can celebrate their cups as much as they want.
          i care only that from 2012 River became their daddy every time we met in international and not only level. they never beat us in a game that matters really and even yesterday that we play a match that matters they beat us in penalty kicks with a illegal goal first of all and with 15 cases of covid against us.
          this kind of loses is welcome by me. Bosteros can celebrate fine by me. something last. if you want to speak about Bosteros to me Csabalala in national level you should do it when the day comes and AFA will stop controled by Angelici and his dog….sorry his “president” i wanted to say Tapia. till then Bosteros for me is one corrupted shitty club. they can t stand beside RIVER.

  5. What I think of the 7 players that will be eliminated if only 23 places available: Palomino, Aguero, Juan Foyth, Nicolas Gonzalez, Nahuel Molina, Juan Musso, Exequiel Palacios.

    With Buendia, I think Scaloni has the players to try 3421 like: Romero, Pezzella, Lisandro Martinez-Buendia, De Paul, Paredes, Acuna-Messi, Papu-Lautaro Martinez

    Pezzella’s lack of pace can be compensated by 2 other CBs, Lisandro Martinez’s passing could be benefit for the counter attack, Buendia’s defensive contribution and versatile profile can be a temp solution of winger back, Papu on the left combined with Acuna exactly like at club. With those 2 winger backs, De Paul can play in a more central role which should let him play at full potential. The only concern of this 3421 is no enough protection for Paredes. Papu and Lautaro need to give more than usual on that part. Paredes need defensive players in front of him, he doesn’t like pressure on him.

      • Yes you are right, both should be off. So probably he will keep Molina and Aguero. I don’t think Aguero will have more minutes to play with his club. Scaloni need to find a way to train him and get him back to 50% of his potential.

      • @Csabalala, yes I agree, unfortunately I don’t think he will do that. It’s just my thoughts on how to explore the list of players. This 3421 formation is far from perfect, it can just fix some issues but expose other problems like Paredes alone as 6.

  6. Messi completed (15) dribbles against Celta Vigo, equalling La Liga record (as far as data can go) set also by Messi (15 vs Betis, 2007/08)

    • yeah he was sensational, I like Dembele on his side and his connection with Puig who understands the game quite well. we can say koeman did shit job but he did his best with the players he got, I believe Pedri and Puig can help him a lot next year, Dembele as well. hope Messi will stay.

      • If messi have to win champion league again.. he have to leave. With this squad he can’t win anything…. Defence is weak mid is weak…

        • Yes agreed on the defense, many senior players don’t have the level anymore and the new players are either stopped by injuries or don’t have the level for Barca. Araujo is almost the only satisfaction. But I think it’s easier to rebuild a defense like Barca than going to PSG, which is the only club that can afford Messi’s salary. PSG has a quite bad midfield and their fullbacks are very weak. I think it should be the worst PSG since the beginning of Qatari. All the goals are solo from Mbappe. I am not convinced that it’ll be better next year unless they sign some additional midfielders. If he really wants to win champions league then he need to cut his pay and go to some premier league top clubs. PSG will be just prestige on the paper but no playing style and results will depend randomly on the top player’s individual performance.

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