Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Added time is Boca's friend again

Four days after a 96th minute equalizer in the Copa Libertadores, Boca Juniors have once again struck late to gain all three points. Against Unión de Santa Fe, Carlos Tévez' 91st minute goal handed Boca a 2-1 victory.

La Bombonera. (Photo: @PlanetaBoca)
One thing you cannot argue about is whether the win was deserved or not. Boca dominated the match throughout 90 minutes, be it possession or shot wise. After a goalless first half, highlighted by a clearance off the line from Boca right-back Leonardo Jara, it was Unión who surprisingly scored first. 

An excellent combination on the left flank ended in Malcorra's cross into the middle. Goalkeeper Orión got his hands to it, but could only clear it into the centre of the penalty area. There was Lucas Gamba who took an extra touch and fired it into the net. Boca were down again, a regular occurence this season. But their fightback started quicker this time around. Nicolás Lodeiro equalized just four minutes after Unión took the lead. 

Uruguay's Lodeiro in general played a decent game, was searched in midfield by his teammates and distributed the ball well. He even collected four of his team's 24 shots, one of them for his goal, which was an absolute beauty. After taking a corner from the right side, he got the ball back on the wing and his cross/shot with the left foot got longer and longer and flew right into the top far corner. 

Argentina's double winner continued to have a high amount of chances right after, up until the 70th minute when things got a bit calmer. Just as it appeared that both teams had settled for a point, Carlos Tévez thought otherwise. If working the ball into the net is a term, the inventor must have thought of this goal. Take a look at it yourself:

Boca had collected all three points late and it took them added time to get there again. While it was highly deserved, you have to feel for Unión after they fought and defended hard for 90 minutes. The Primera División all of a sudden looks a lot brighter for Guillermo Schelotto's team who now have 11 points, just 5 behind leaders Lanús. Unión are down in 11th of Zone 2 with six points. They just need to find a way to keep balls out of their net, as they have the second worst defense in the whole league, right after their local rival Colón.

Now guess what's next, everybody. You got it, Clásico de Santa Fe. And Boca Juniors travel to play Lanús away. An exciting matchday awaits us!

Boca's hero Carlos Tévez. (Photo: Goal Argentina)


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