(ESPN.com) – Independiente cut Boca’s streak of two straight wins in the Professional League. In the Libertadores de América he defeated it 1 to 0 with a goal from Carlos Benavídez at 19 minutes of play.
In this way, Julio César Falcioni’s team added three vital points in the annual table thinking of qualifying for the Copa Libertadores 2022. While Boca now has Estudiantes (57) on his neck and if Lanús wins this Thursday he will also be one Xeneize point, with nine to be disputed.
The first half was the most entertaining of the game, where there were several goal situations in the arches. Independiente tried to dominate the game in the first minutes, although Boca had two chances, one from Sández who went near the crossbar and another from Medina, who overflowed his marker on the left and then finished off wide.
But it was Red who got the upper hand. Velasco took the ball from the right after a corner kick, and sent a cross into the area that Benavídez headed just for the 1-0.
A while later again with a header and after another corner kick, Insaurralde was close to the second, but Rossi with a changed hand took the shot off in a wonderful way.
Then everything was from Boca. In a flurry during the last 10 minutes he made enough merits to tie the game. Sosa took two shots on goal, from Varela and Salvio, Bustos saved a shot from Pavón on the line and Briasco fumbled on goal only from a very good position.
In the complement, everything changed. Independiente defended well and cut Boca’s circuits. Sebastián Battaglia decided to make changes and those who had been playing well came in but in a striking way they came out for this match: Cardona entered first and Vázquez later, and then Villa, Fabra and Ramírez.
But Independiente was well off and Boca had almost no chances in the complement. Above, by impotence, at 36 minutes Carlos Izquierdoz was expelled for a child elbow against Velasco.
At the end, an action by Lisandro López played in attack generated controversy, since he was crossed to the edge of the area by Barreto when he went to goal. They asked for a penalty, or at least a foul on the edge of the area, but the judge did not sanction anything.
Undoubtedly, the seven changes that Battaglia made after last Saturday’s game against Sarmiento drew attention, especially because the team had performed well and Xeneize only have one competition. As a color data, those of Battaglia did not win any classic in this tournament.
Now, Boca must beat Newell’s on the next date if it does not want to suffer thinking of qualifying for the annual table to the Libertadores. Anyway, if he wins the final of the Argentine Cup, he will also get a place.
Independiente added three vital points and now fits better in the table to maintain the illusion until the end of entering the most prestigious continental competition.