Re: Boca Juniors 2-0 River Plate: Gary Medel Wins Superclasico For Hosts
> After the rain and the leaf blowers, a football match broke out...
> Yesterday 50,000 people marched through the centre of Buenos Aires to
> remember the 34th anniversary of Argentina falling under the control of a
> military dictatorship.
> This afternoon the same number of people turned up to another charged
> atmosphere, this time it was the rearranged Superclasico match between Boca
> Juniors and River Plate.
> Boca looked in control from the very start of the 80 minute contest and
> were good value for their 2-0 win. Even after double goal hero Gary Medel
> was dismissed in the second half it never looked like River could get back
> into the match.
> The win serves as vindication for Boca’s under-fire head coach Abel Alves
> as the home side stuck to a game plan that their oldest rivals had no
> answer to.
> The teams first took the field last Sunday before heavy rain forced the
> game to be cancelled after just nine minutes. This afternoon both teams
> were back on the pitch under bright sunshine to play the remaining 80
> There was a minor delay to kick-off as match-day stewards did their best to
> remove the sea of tickertape covering the pitch at la Bombonera. The crowd
> were kept entertained while the leaf blowers went to work by an excitable
> Diego Maradona waving from his box at the ground.
> After some early sparring between the two sides, Juan Roman Riquelme got
> his first chance to impose himself on the match as he lined up a free kick
> on the edge of the River area. The playmaker drilled a low shot under the
> wall and Gary Medel stuck out a leg, turned the ball past Daniel Vega to
> give Boca the lead.
> While the Chilean was certainly the furthest man forward when Riquelme
> struck the free kick there was no clear daylight between him and the last
> River defender.
> River’s captain Marcelo Gallardo was at the heart of anything his side
> could muster to get back into the game. Their best chance of the first half
> came when youngster Rogelio Funes Mori was slipped in for a one-on-one but
> he could only shoot tamely and straight at Javier Garcia.
> For Boca, Martin Palermo chased everything thrown his way up front knowing
> that one more goal in the yellow and blue will make him the club’s all
> time leading goalscorer.
> Boca were able to hurt River the most on the flanks and Alves must have
> given himself a huge pat on the back when he saw his plan in action.
> On the left full-back Fabian Monzon, midfielder Matias Gimenez and Riquelme
> worked as trio to nullify and then attack River. On the other side of the
> pitch Ezequiel Munoz, Gary Medel and Nicolas Gaitan did exactly the same
> job for the home side.
> With Jesus Mendez back in his favoured position in the middle of the park
> these players put Boca on top of River for the whole game.
> River’s boss Leo Astrada would have been relieved to have made it to
> half-time just one goal down but he failed to make any changes in the
> dressing room. Boca’s second goal of the game came just five minutes
> after the restart.
> Monzon tore down the left and brought himself space by skinning his
> opposite number Paulo Ferrari. With time to look up and pick his pass he
> rolled the ball to Riquelme. The former Villarreal man then gave the
> onlooking Maradona a first hand look at what he is missing as he redirected
> Monzon’s pass by flicking it through his own legs and playing it blind to
> the onrushing Medel.
> Medel’s right foot fizzing finish was of the highest order by
> Riquelme’s piece of skill made the goal a real scrapbook special. The
> former Argentina international had almost gone one better in the first half
> when he controlled a ball with his left and lifted with his right onto the
> roof of the net, all in midair.
> Medel tempered his own display by adding a red card to his brace of goals
> when he picked up a second yellow late on.
> River huffed and puffed but despite some positive changes it was Boca’s
> day at the second time of asking. It’s just a shame for Alves that one
> swallow doesn’t make a summer and Boca will probably be back to their
> woeful norm at the weekend.
> For River’s head coach Astrada this Superclasico defeat could well see
> him down the Job Centre tomorrow. After the anniversary parade and the
> Superclasico, Astrada also might find another 50,000 people down there
> looking for the next big gathering in Buenos Aires.
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