Professional League: Boca celebrated with Rojo’s penalty after suffering again with which Benedetto failed: 1-0 and relief
Marcos Rojo had scored against San Lorenzo and did it again against Talleres. After the game, his first words were of gratitude: “Boca fans are like that, they always show it. In the bad moments is when he encourages and shouts the most, and we feel it on the field. The triumph is for them, who put up with us despite everything. I am very happy in Boca, I made a very important decision in my life by coming to this club. It’s a privilege to wear this shirt.”
Asked if he had taken the penalty because Benedetto was sore in his right ankle, he replied: “In the locker room we talked about whether he wanted to kick in case there was another penalty. He is in charge because he is a great striker. And he told me to kick him because he wasn’t quite right because he had been wrong.”
He caused the two penalties of the Colombian Pérez. Benedetto crashed one against the crossbar and the other left it to Rojo, although it was still difficult for him to have executed it due to the pain in his right ankle. At the end of the game, when he went into the changing rooms, the No. 9 was met with the support of the fans, to whom he apologized for his losing streak of three wasted penalties.
He did not play a good football game, but at least the mood changed a bit with a victory after the elimination in the Copa Libertadores and the defeat against San Lorenzo. A night that began marked by a new penalty missed by Benedetto and was closed with the one scored by Rojo. In the Bombonera there was a climate of anxiety, without passing bills towards the players or the Football Council for the latest disappointments. From the heart of the 12, in the Casa Amarilla grandstand, a line of encouragement and support was lowered.
It was difficult for Benedetto to move after the foot of the Pérez prison. He is replaced by Vázquez, under the approval of the public. He was again denied the goal, but caused both penalties. Already sitting on the bench, ice is applied to the right ankle.
Mouth pushes. Fabra goes up and crosses an assist that “Pipa” Benedetto receives and covers with his body, while receiving a strong stomp from Pérez. Penalty that Dóvalo checks on the VAR monitor. Perez is expelled. Benedetto is very sore, he can hardly support his right foot. Whether for this or because the captain spoke, Marcos Rojo takes over with an execution that deceives Herrera. The defender celebrates it with a great relief facing the tribune that overlooks the Riachuelo. Limping, Benedetto joins the celebration.
Rojo slaps a corner, but is not warned by the referee or warned by the VAR. Immediately, Advíncula and Franco are braided into a divided ball. They face each other, there is a stir, there are pushes. The referee Dóvalo solves it with a yellow card for Advíncula and Franco. Three minutes later, Enzo Díaz makes Zeballos fly and is also reprimanded.
Boca tries to raise the revolutions. Red took a clearance at the door of the area and takes a shot that goes next to a post. From a corner, Advíncula hits a header that carries danger.
Workshops are animated a little more. Catalán breaks the line of pressure from behind and gives in to Benavídez, who with a shot from distance demands a save from Rossi over the crossbar.
Accompanied by an ovation, “Changuito” Zeballos, Boca’s top scorer in the League with three goals, replaces the inconsequential Ramírez. An illusion within a gray panorama.
Boca arrives with a projection of Advíncula. Benedetto, inside the area, goes back a few meters to receive the assistance of the Peruvian. Pipa’s half turn goes over the crossbar. No. 9 stands with his hands akimbo, staring, as if he can’t get out of a nightmare.
Talleres launches a counterattack that is intercepted by Rojo, but leaves the ball short and the play does not bring more risks due to Rossi’s quick exit.
Pol Fernández loses a ball in an outing and the Bombonera breathes uneasiness. Villa responded with an overflow from the left and a center controlled by Herrera, with Benedetto out of action.
Despite the poor performance of the first period, Ibarra, and his assistants Gracián and Pompei, did not make any changes for the start of the second stage. The team may claim the destabilizing dribbling by Zeballos, one of the best pieces in recent Battaglia games.
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A team in need of a clean and jerk was once again held back by Benedetto’s penalty that burst against the crossbar in the sixth minute. Ghosts once again haunted this Boca, which has been shaken several times in the last 10 days. His poor football production in the first half was combined with a too rushed Talleres. The level of the party is poor. Hardly the firmness of Zambrano to highlight.
As if he had been emotionally affected by Benedetto’s missed penalty, Boca shows doubts, is discontinuous and does not create any greater danger for Talleres. He only comes close to Herrera with a header from Zambrano in a corner.
People try to pick up a team that is somewhat disoriented and loses gas. From the heart of the 12, in the Casa Amarilla grandstand, comes the harangue to infect the rest of the stadium: “We have to shout, sir, we have to shout, and let’s go, let’s go, Boca, we have to win!” It is also shouted that Boca is loved through thick and thin, much more. And when the first half ends, it is claimed: “This fan, he deserves, he deserves to be champion…”
Boca’s game is not fluid. At times, it depends more on individual actions. Villa is best suited for those personal adventures. The Colombian, after sweeping the attack front and receiving a header from Benedetto, defines with a Chilean that goes very high.
Boca has a relatively calm match in defense. Talleres wants to get out fast, but he does it imprecisely. He doesn’t combine well in the last 30 meters and doesn’t bother Rossi.
In a split ball with Matías Godoy, Alan Varela suffered a bloody cut on one leg. After being treated he was able to continue.
The atmosphere in the Bombonera is encouraging, with songs that have insulting lyrics for the classic rivals: River, Racing, Independiente and San Lorenzo. The only interruption was when Benedetto missed the penalty. Gestures of disbelief and fans raising their hands to their heads became the photograph of the moment.
The Colombian Rafael Pérez interrupts with his hand a control of Benedetto inside the area. Penal. Despite the two he wasted against Corinthians, the No. 9 had already expressed that he was still confident to take charge again. The right hand hit the crossbar. Nobody can believe it in the Bombonera. He came from executing one against the post and another to the second tray for the Copa Libertadores. He missed the last three, while he had converted the previous nine in Boca. A cursed streak for No. 9.
Boca’s first movements travel to the left, with the usual combinations between Villa and projections of Fabra. Ramírez also joins in that sector. A corner is generated that Benedetto heads and it is again a corner kick.
When the formation was announced by the voice of the stadium, the biggest applause took them Marcos Rojo and Agustin Rossi, and there was also support for Benedetto. For the rest, moderate recognition.
The previous time Boca fans filled the candy box They did so with the burning expectation of celebrating qualification for the quarterfinals of the Copa Libertadores. But the elimination in the penalty shootout against Corinthians opened Pandora’s box. Not everything was in the sports disappointment of that night of July 5. A crisis was unleashed whose consequences continue to this day. Within 24 hours he was fired Sebastian Battaglia, that he had slipped a questioning due to the lack of reinforcements. A strong internal dispute was uncovered between the Football Council, which presides over Juan roman riquelme, and the referents, headed by the captain Carlos Izquierdozfor the prizes discussed the day before facing the Brazilians.
Hugo Ibarra, who was in charge of the reserve, was provisionally designated and confirmed a few days later until the end of the year. Izquierdoz went to the bench in the loss against San Lorenzo and tonight he is not even among the concentrates. From the club, an ankle problem was reported, but there would be something deeper, a broken relationship with the leaders that will surely end with “Cali” out of Boca in a short time. The tape in the New Gasometer took her red frames, who made the arm wrestling more tense by dedicating his goal with a hug to Izquierdoz.
last wednesday, Darius Benedetto, who lived a fatal night with the two missed penalties against Corinthians, admitted in an interview on ESPN that the squad “feigned” not concentrating against Corinthians because of the prize dispute. And he considered that the substitution of Izquierdoz against San Lorenzo “It wasn’t for football reasons”with which he validated the internship with the leadership.
On Thursday, at the entrance to the training ground, the squad found a parade: “Players: the greatest prize you have is to wear the Boca shirt and you are in debt.” It was not signed. Disgusted common fans or a move from some sector of power? Boca is sitting on top of an erupting volcano.
While the starters and substitutes warmed up on the field, Izquierdoz, clad in a thick jacket, entered the field, where he received applause from the audience, while he began to talk with Julio Buffarini, a former teammate in Boca. The new reinforcement, the steering wheel, also entered the field Martin Payero, from Middlesbrough. He was not part of the call for this match and will surely be taken into account for next Tuesday’s match against Argentinos.
The “Black” Ibarra maintains the same team that a week ago left a pale image in the defeat against San Lorenzo. Exequiel Zeballos, who had consolidated in the last Battaglia games, remains on the bench. Ibarra has as his new field assistant Robert “Tito” Pompei who replaces Mariano Herrón, from now on in charge of the reserve.
The Portuguese Pedro Caixinha arranged a starting formation, similar to the one that eliminated Colón for the Copa Libertadores. With only one change: the Colombian enters for the injured Esquivel Diego Valeyes, who was on River’s agenda as an alternative to Miguel Borja and Pablo Solari, the two hired reinforcements.
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