(EFE) – Boca Juniors defeated Caracas 3-0 on the last day of Group H of the Copa Libertadores and secured their passport to the second round with the fifth best record of the leaders, while their rival finished third and will continue their international competition in the Copa Sudamericana.
Lisandro López and a double by Carlos Tevez, all in the first stage, were enough to make a difference in a match that was played without an audience, due to the restrictions of the coronavirus pandemic, in La Bombonera.
The beginning of the match found Boca and Caracas in search of the goal in two offensive schemes that had, first for the Argentine team, two failed shots by Franco Soldano and another by Eduardo Salvio, with a response from a shot just deflected by the Ghanaian Kwaku Osei Bonsu for the Venezuelan team.
Caracas was not intimidated by the approach of his rival and in the 13th minute he got a clear option after a hand from Julio Buffarini in the area, which the Uruguayan referee Christian Ferreyra marked as a penalty. Robert Hernández charged but his shot was deflected by goalkeeper Esteban Andrada.
From that moment, the ‘Xeneize’ regained control and after a shot from Tevez on the crossbar, in the 26th minute a perfect corner kick from Colombian Edwin Cardona found an accurate header from López to locate the ball in the upper left corner of Beycker Velásquez.
Boca’s football and spirits clean and jerk did not diminish and in the 32nd minute a Colombian combination between Cardona and Frank Fabra finished with a low center for Tevez in a stretch to convert the second.
And two minutes before the break, Tevez himself captured a ball after a rebound and in a run from the center to the right he defined with a withering shot to increase Boca’s advantage.
In the second half, the great unknown was to know if Caracas could achieve its fourth classification to the second round of the Libertadores, in a milestone reached in 1995, 2007 and 2009.
With Libertad’s defeat in Asunción against Deportivo Independiente de Medellín, Caracas needed to discount in its defeat in Buenos Aires and had three clear options but without achieving the objective.
First he had a slightly deflected shot from Leonardo Flores, then he had a chance on Carlos Rivero’s right foot and six minutes from the end a great individual play by Hernández, who came face to face with Andrada, but the shot went by above the crossbar.
Boca could have expanded the score but an erratic night by Eduardo Salvio, added to the lack of aim in the final shot, did not change the result.