(ESPN.com) – Boca Juniors and Racing Club will meet this Monday, at 15, for the semifinals of the League Cup.
The game will be played at the Del Bicentenario stadium in San Juan, with the arbitration of Darío Herrera and will have a broadcast of FOX Sports Premium.
The other semifinal will be played at 19, in the same stadium, Independiente and Colón.
After the postponement of the day due to government restrictions due to the second wave of COVID-19, Argentine soccer is ready to define the championship.
Boca comes from leaving nothing less than River on the road. After five consecutive eliminations suffered against their classic rival, Xeneize was able to break the streak, winning in the quarterfinals on penalties, after drawing 1 to 1.
Racing, meanwhile, left Vélez on the road, also from 12 steps. It is not a minor fact: those of Liniers arrived at a great moment, being the team that garnered the most points in the group stage.
But this will be another story. The two passed the stage in CONMEBOL Libertadores. Boca did it on the last date, by beating The Strongest from home 3-0. The Academy, meanwhile, defeated San Pablo as a visitor in the closing of the group (it was already classified) and remained as the leader.
The present shows with more doubts those of the Ribera. Team performance was the Achilles heel for Russo this semester. Boca was never able to establish itself from the game, but the results show it again in a decisive instance.
Racing also had difficult moments with Pizzi, a coach so questioned that he was almost forced to leave his position. However, the team showed signs of recovery from the 0-0 draw against San Pablo in Avellaneda, and now it comes better from football.
Unlike Boca, which does not have players summoned to the qualifying and Copa América teams for this match (Edwin Cardona will leave after this match), Racing will not be able to count on two key pieces.
Goalkeeper Gabriel Arias and defender Eugenio Mena were called up to join the Chilean National Team and will be left without a semifinal. They also won’t be in an eventual finale.
In the Xeneize, Russo will go out with Rossi in goal for Andrada (he played for Libertadores last week) and will maintain the line of five defenders with Zambrano, López and Izquierdoz (with Capaldo and Fabra on the wings). Varela will be the central midfielder, accompanied by Campuzano and Cardona, freer. Ahead, will be Villa and Tevez.
On the side of the Academy, in place of Arias will be the goalkeeper Gastón Gómez, while Lucas Orban would enter through Mena. In addition, Iván Pillud would play on the right side instead of the injured Juan Cáceres. On the other hand, Aníbal Moreno would be in place of the expelled Mauricio Martínez.
Upstairs, Avellaneda’s team will have the power of Copetti, the scoring power of Chancalay and the experience of Cvitanich.
If the clash ends tied in 90 minutes, the passage to the final will be defined by penalties.
BOCA JUNIORS: Agustín Rossi; Nicolás Capaldo, Carlos Zambrano, Lisandro López, Carlos Izquierdoz and Frank Fabra; Jorman Campuzano, Alan Varela and Edwin Cardona; Carlos Tevez and Sebastián Villa. DT: Miguel Ángel Russo.
RACING CLUB: Gastón Gómez; Ivan Pillud, Leonardo Sigali, Nery Domínguez and Lucas Orban; Leonel Miranda, Aníbal Moreno and Ignacio Piatti; Tomás Chancalay, Darío Cvitanich and Enzo Copetti. DT: Juan Antonio Pizzi.
STADIUM: Bicentennial of San Juan.
REFEREE: Darío Herrera.
TV: FOX Sports Premium.