Independent vs. Boca Juniors – Game Report – December 20, 2020


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Independent vs.  Boca Juniors - Game Report - December 20, 2020

Boca beat Independiente 2-1 for the second date of Group A of the Maradona Cup Champion Phase, in a comeback that Xeneize is excited about for what is to come.

In this way, those led by Miguel Russo arrive with a mental jerk for the most important game ahead: on Wednesday they will receive Racing, for the return of the quarterfinals of CONMEBOL Libertadores, after having lost in Avellaneda by 1 to 0 .

With that match ahead, Russo put up a substitute team this Sunday. The youngsters Gastón Avila, Exequiel Zeballos, Agustín Obando and debutant Alan Varela were part of the starting 11, along with other experienced players such as Zambrano, Mas, Buffarini, Diego González, Mauro Zárate and Franco Soldano.

Boca tried to dominate from the beginning with the handling of the ball and drowning Independiente at the start. Zeballos shot from the right was the most destabilizing, but Zárate was not fine in the first half and Sebastián Sosa had little work in the Red area.

Just at 14 minutes, Independiente began to prowl Rossi’s area and from the middle of the court he evened out the process of the game. After a rise by Mas and after a failed control by Zárate, Rojo overflowed to the left of Boca’s defense. A precise center from Fabricio Bustos left Silvio Romero alone, nailing a good header that put the game 1-0.

With the momentum of the goal Independiente began to dominate. Between Velasco and the Colombian Andrés Roa they showed imbalance and precise walls to break Boca’s defense.

At the end of the first half, Zárate threw an uncomfortable cross that bounced off Lucas González’s hand. It was a penalty, but Vigliano let it continue. Avila immediately ran over Menendez in the area in a clear foul. This time the referee did not hesitate and sanctioned the maximum penalty: Rossi flew against the right of his stick and stopped the shot at Colombian Roa.

In addition, Independiente stood behind the half court to take advantage of the spaces. And after three minutes Roa had a heads up that missed by centimeters and that could define the match.

Boca dominated but could not disturb goalkeeper Sosa. However, Soldano had him headlong and the youthful Alan Varela was close with a mid-range shot.

At 20 minutes, Russo decided to send Colombians Edwin Cardona and Sebastián Villa to the field, for Pulpo González and Obando. And a while later Toto Salvio and Jara entered. The DT went out to look for the tie with at least four starters on the court.

At 37, after a foul on Buffarini, Cardona sent a great cross to the head of Soldano, so that the forward, who came with the wet powder, put the 1 to 1. The goal raised Boca, and sowed doubts in the Red.

Already in the discount, once again Cardona polished the booty to nail a goal from outside the area that sealed the final 2 to 1.

Boca cut the negative streak and comes hopeful to the match with Racing, where his continuity in the Libertadores will be played. Independiente, after being eliminated in the week of the Sudamericana by Lanús, left with another tough defeat and with a DT worried about his future.


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