(ESPN.com) – Boca defeated Sarmiento de Junín by 2 to 0, on the 21st date of the Professional League, and in this way added three key points for qualifying for the Copa Libertadores 2022.
With this victory, Xeneize adds 58 points in the annual table and is fourth, having River (67), Vélez (66) and Talleres (60) above, although River, which will surely be champion, will release a quota. Colón could pass it if he wins this Sunday, but anyway Sabalero is already classified as the last champion. The defeat of Lanús against Patronato, on Thursday, cleared the way for him thinking about the Libertadores.
Boca was much superior in a full Bombonera after the full capacity of the stadium was enabled, against a rival who did not put up much resistance and who arrived with interim DT.
In the first half, Boca went ahead thanks to a goal from its top gunner, Luis Vázquez, after a very good collective move: Cardona gave a great pass to Advíncula, the side sent the center and the young courage of the Inferiores put the 1 to 0.
Boca generated several situations to increase the difference, but Vicentini intervened on several occasions to save his goal. And when he was overcome, the crossbar gave him a hand, as in that great shot by Cardona at the end of the first 45 minutes that could have been 2-0.
Sarmiento arrived little, but he had a very clear chance that Rojo, with Rossi surpassed, saved almost on the line after a shot from Gondou.
Boca was well off with Campuzano in the midfield, and with Cardona, Ramírez and Almendra he was able to generate a lot of play.
In the complement and just started the second half, Fabra made a great move on the left, leaving an opponent with a pipe included on the road and nailed the shot at the goalkeeper’s far post for the 2-0.
With that advantage, the game is practically over. The local managed without problems the development of the game in the complement, beyond any arrival of danger from Sarmiento.
And he managed the changes thinking that this week he will play, on Wednesday, against Independiente in Avellaneda, another team that seeks to enter the Libertadores.
Battaglia had Pavón, Medina, Salvio, Lisandro López and Pulpo González enter through Vázquez, Ramírez, Cardona, Villa and Rojo.
Xeneize will now go for the third victory in a row, after 3-0 against Aldosivi in Mar del Plata, to begin to secure the passage to the Cup.