With a solitary goal from Darío Benedetto, Boca Juniors defeated their archrival River Plate 1-0 (partial 0-0) in the Superclásico of Argentine soccer, played this Sunday at the La Bombonera stadium (Buenos Aires) for the eighteenth date of the 2022 Professional League of the first division.< /p> Millonarios stumbled in Manizales and suffered the first defeat of the championship Boca Juniors vs. River Plate, LIVE: follow the Argentine classic
Benedetto (64) headed the only goal of the afternoon for the auriazul victory, in an intense and rough duel that Boca ended with ten players due to the expulsion of defender Marcos Rojo (90+6).
With this result, Boca climbs to fourth place in the tournament, just two points behind the leader Atlético Tucumán, in addition to celebrating its fourth consecutive victory in the tournament and beating River again in La Bombonera, to unleash a party in front of more than 50,000 spectators .
For this classic, Marcelo Gallardo, River's coach, surprised with a defensive formation with a defense of five players and a device to press and play on the counterattack, with shots from Colombian Juanfer Quintero.
On the side of Boca, DT Hugo Ibarra responded with the inclusion of the youthful Luca Langoni, with an explosive appearance in recent games, and a ready plan to not allow the Millionaire a clear exit.
Based on these premises, in the first half the match had an intense rhythm, but there were few risky actions, because the two seemed more busy trying to complicate the opponent than developing plays in the half offensive.
The best thing of the first half was the only clear arrival that River had in a closed corner kick that Quintero executed, Mammana anticipated Advíncula and forced a fantastic stretch from goalkeeper Agustín Rossi to get the ball that got into the corner left.
Benedetto, classic scorer
Dissatisfied with what was produced in the first half, Gallardo did not hesitate to arrange three changes to improve River's task. With the income of Aliendro, Barco and the Colombian striker Barco changed his scheme and began to play with four in defense and have more weight in midfield and attack.
However, the development did not change too much, and became more cut and rough, with several infractions causing both teams to be charged with warnings. This development indicated that the parity could only be broken in some success or error, and the zero was broken after a huge save by Armani against a whiplash by Pol Fernández from the edge of the area.
From that first risk action for Boca came the corner kick that Ramírez sent in an open way and that Benedetto headed through the center of the area, to send the ball to the right corner away from the hands of Armani, unleashing an explosion of euphoria in La Candy box. From that moment, River tried to go in search of equality but he lacked the fast game typical of his style and his attempts collided with the defense of a Boca that waited for him firmly in the background, cutting off the offensive circuits of those of the band.
Volve a GRITARLO. Gol del @PipaBenedetto
— Boca Juniors – La12Tuittera (@la12tuittera) September 11, 2022
The only thing that Boca should have regretted in the final was the expulsion of defender Marcos Rojo (90+6) because he once again took over the Superclásico with one of his best productions of the tournament and with a result that made him to get into the fight for the championship.
Boca trained with Agustín Rossi; Luis Advíncula, Jorge Figal, Marcos Rojo, Frank Fabra; Martín Payero (Carlos Zambrano, 73), Alan Varela, Guillermo Fernández (Aarón Molinas, 80); Juan Ramírez (Cristian Medina, 73); Luca Langoni (Norberto Briasco, 64) and Darío Benedetto (Luis Vázquez, 80). DT: Hugo Ibarra
River lined up Franco Armani; Marcelo Herrera (Rodrigo Aliendro, 46, Agustín Palavecino, 70), Emanuel Mammana, Paulo Díaz, Javier Pinola, Milton Casco; Juan Fernando Quintero (Esequiel Barco, 46), Enzo Pérez, Nicolás De La Cruz; Pablo Solari (Miguel Borja, 46) and Matías Suárez (Lucas Beltrán, 70).DT: Marcelo Gallardo
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