(EFE) – Boca Juniors beat Brazilian Santos 2-0 on the second day of Group C of the Copa Libertadores, with a goal from its emblem, Carlos Tevez, 37, and another from Colombian Sebastián Villa.
‘El Apache’ scored in the 47th minute and Villa did it in the 69th minute, after being assisted by Tevez. With this result, Xeneize leads Group C with six points and Santos, who eliminated them in the last edition of the Libertadores in the semifinals, is still without units.
The Ecuadorian Barcelona, which has three points, and the Bolivian The Strongest, who lost in the debut against Boca Juniors, will close the second day on Thursday.
In the opening minutes, Santos pressed high and tried to prevent opposing defenders from connecting with the midfielders.
Boca, on the other hand, allowed Santos to advance with the intention of stealing the ball in his own change and leaving quickly on the wings with Villa and with the reappeared Cristian Pavón.
The first half did not have great emotions and both teams seemed more concerned with controlling their rivals than with generating dangerous plays.
Pavón was the only one who managed to disturb the visitors during the first half thanks to his dribbling at speed.
Just started the second half, Tevez made it 1-0 by finishing first after a corner kick from the left of the attack.
Santos stopped several meters later in search of equality and Boca Juniors took advantage of the spaces to hit counterattack.
Midfielder Alan Varela recovered the ball, Tevez commanded the offense and assisted Villa, who scored the 2-0 with a precise shot at the goalkeeper’s far post.
Santos, already resigned, spent the last minutes wishing for the end of the match. Varela, Tevez and Pavón were the best players on the Argentine team.
This was the Brazilian team’s first game after the resignation of Argentine coach Ariel Holan, who resigned on Monday. Marcelo Fernandes was an interim technician at the bank.