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First quarter of the first leg gone, and only River is playing,
but failed to convert their chances: 0-0.
(Game was delayed by one day because of rain)
Play shit, score a crappy goal - typical Boca?
At the moment I thought Armani could have done a bit better in that goal (he
rebounded the ball forwards and then conceded on the near post), but to be
fair to him, those were very strong shots, the second one almost point-blank.
And yeah, River was making most of the play and had made Boca's keeper Agustín
Rossi work quite a bit already. In a sense, Pavón's injury helped Boca, as
his replacement Benedetto combined well with Abila and River's defense took
just long enough to adapt.
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And somehow the ball bobbles through Boca's defence and the forward
squeezes it in at the far post.
Nice goal by Pratto. Lucky River to immediately peg one back
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Long FK through the middle, perfect deflected header - 2-1.
Another long FK, deflected into the own net this time. 2-2
Two somewhat similar goals. Surely there's got to be a better way to defend
this set piece? If the defender loses the header, life gets very very hard
for the goalkeeper.
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Boce with a one on one after a deadly square pass by Tevez, but the keeper
came out in time and saved.
Very good save by Armani to keep the scores level for the second leg.
Overall a good game I thought, especially so for a final. Both teams played an
intense first half and it showed towards the end, as legs seemed to be visibly
heavier all around.
Great atmosphere at La Bombonera too, and I expect the same will hold true at
El Monumental. Argentinian fans really know how to put on a show.
In the end one can't say one side really dominated the other, both keepers
were given a few scares, though Boca's had to work harder IMHO. I thought
River looked slightly better and more dangerous, and in enemy territory (as
this was an one-sided support game, only for Boca fans) this draw was a very
valuable result for them. Luckily for Boca, the away goals rule does not apply.
River hasn't lost to boca this season (two wins in the league and now this draw,
according to the TV crew), now they seem to hold the cards, as they play at their
ground and in front of their fans. But a final is a final is a final, and a
superclasico is a superclasico is a superclasico... Things are still wide, wide