Velez Sarsfield vs. Boca Juniors – Game Report – October 24, 2021


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Velez Sarsfield vs.  Boca Juniors - Game Report - October 24, 2021

(ESPN.com) – Boca lost 2-0 against Vélez at José Amalfitani, and was left with one more game nine points behind the leader River.

The defeat, in addition to leaving him very far from the fight for the championship with seven dates remaining, did not allow him to continue adding in the annual table of points to enter the Copa Libertadores 2022.

Vélez, meanwhile, leads that table with 62 units and with this victory he was third in the tournament, eight behind River, which this Monday will be measured against Argentines.

There was a game without much brilliance in Liniers, where Vélez was a fair winner against a Boca that looked a lot like the team of recent times of Miguel Angel Russo: he almost did not kick the goal in 90 minutes.

The local came out to pressure and dominated the ball, although it was also difficult for him to generate goal situations. However, in the first clear arrival, at 39 minutes of play, the scoreboard opened.

After a good play on the left and a center rejected by Eros Mancuso (he replaced the injured Weingandt), Federico Mancuello took the ball and took a tremendous shot that got into the left corner of Agustín Rossi.

In the complement, Boca’s reaction was expected, but it did not happen. The team continued without finding its way and playing very passively. The Fort was the one that arrived the most, managed the times and was closer to the goal.

Battaglia tried with the income of Molinas and Briasco to change the attitude, but Vélez defended himself well and Boca could not find a game to disturb Hoyos.

The Xeneize, without ideas, sought to generate danger with some centers to the area, very announced and well taken down by the goalkeeper; it was never close to a draw.

At the end, with Boca turned to attack, Cristian Tarragona defined Rossi’s near post in a lethal counter attack to seal the final 2-0.

Battaglia was surely worried (it is his second loss as Boca coach) by the performance of the team, which came from three consecutive wins. Especially because in a few days (on November 3, in Mendoza), the semifinal match against Argentinos Juniors for the Argentine Cup is coming.

Boca needs that title to get directly into the Copa Libertadores next year, since if he does not get it it will depend on the points he adds in the general table, where he fights hand-in-hand with other teams.

Vélez left happy: without shining he was better, he rose in the table and accumulated 12 games without losing.


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