The Copa Libertadores semi-final is only halfway through, but Boca were filled with self-loathing on Wednesday night after letting a lead slip through their fingers having had the first leg completely in their own hands. Well, not so much self-loathing as Migliore-loathing. The stand-in goalkeeper made a cock-up of monumental proportions to hand Fluminense an equaliser and put the tie on a knife-edge going back to Rio. The final score, 2-2. To see the goals, including that fumble from Migliore, read on…
Boca began the better side and took an early lead through Juan Román Riquelme in just the eleventh minute after Rodrigo Palacio cut the ball back for him from a lofted pass forward, and barely looked back even as the visitors hit back just four minutes later courtesy of Thiago Silva. After the early exchange, Boca dominated, Martín Palermo causing interminable problems for the Brazilian backline and Riquelme having a stormer, ‘painting the pitch with the most beautiful colours football knows,’ as Olé put it. Very prosaic, these Argentine reporters.
in the 64th minute Riquelme doubled his and his side’s tally to put Boca 2-1 up, and the match looked over. All the same, the hosts pressed and pressed for a third, and were getting closer and closer to getting it, before disaster struck. Thiago Neves hit a hopeful, weak shot from twenty-five yards out and Migliore had it covered easily, but fumbled and the ball ended up in the net to make it 2-2. Moments later, Palermo thought he’d made it three, and would have done but for a phenomenal save from Fernando Henrique in the visitors’ goal. 2-2 it finished. Flu are unlikely to be quite such pushovers in the Maracanã, and Boca, if they’re to make the final, will need another impressive performance in an away match. It wouldn’t be the first time in this year’s Copa, but will it be one ask too many?
Boca Juniors 2 – 2 Fluminense