(EFE) – Boca Juniors took Bolivia’s three points with a goal from Colombian striker Sebastián Villa to beat The Strongest 1-0 who could not be respected in his home debut in the Copa Libertadores, for Group C Thus, the Argentine team won in La Paz after 51 years.
Villa became the hero of Miguel Russo’s squad with an early goal scored in the 7th minute on this first date of the CONMEBOL Libertadores group stage played at the Hernando Siles stadium in La Paz, the Bolivian fort located more than 3,600 meters away. above sea level.
With this result, the Argentine team is second in Group C, led by goal difference by the Ecuadorian Barcelona, while the team of Bolivian Alberto Illanes is third without points and in fourth place is the Brazilian Santos, who fell in the Eve 0-2 at home.
The Colombian forward of the ‘xeneize’ opened the scoring in the 7th minute in a play that was born on the visiting side of the field.
After receiving a pass from Agustín Almendra, Villa started a race towards the goal guarded by the experienced Daniel Vaca culminating with a goal that he scored after outwitting two ‘tabby’ defenders.
The intensity of the game dropped after that score, with Boca a little more cautious and relaxed, although without giving up the intention of scoring again and a The Strongest who could not find the way to equalize despite the efforts of Brazilian Willie Barboza.
As soon as the second half began, Villa returned to the attack, putting at least a couple of scares to the locals with attempts to expand the account for Russo’s, which made the ‘tabby’ captain Vaca draw attention to his companions for allowing the visitor advance and putting his arc at risk.
In vain were the few local attempts to achieve at least equality, while the visit played comfortably and was able to take its time against an increasingly desperate Tigre.
In the final minutes, Illanes made several changes that probably would have been more timely before, since Rudy Cardozo’s entry was favorable for the locals, although his luck was already cast.
On the second day of Group C, the Argentine squad will host Santos in Buenos Aires on April 27 and the Bolivians will visit Barcelona in Guayaquil a day later.