Boca dominate, but can’t score

Argentine champions Boca Juniors sent out a mostly reserve side for their first match of 2009, but were still by far the better team against San Lorenzo in Mar del Plata. All the same they couldn’t find a way past the Cuervo backline. Earlier on Saturday, in Sao Paulo, Estudiantes got battered 5-1 by Corinthians. The Brazilians’ new signing Ronaldo was paraded before the match but didn’t play.

Bruno Centeno in the San Lorenzo goal had a bit to do and did it well, but Boca were the dominant side all the same. Carlos Ischia sent out Leandro Gracián as the main playmaker, with Damián Díaz helping him out, and they created a few chances. San Lorenzo’s team, which largely consisted of first-choice starters, couldn’t get past Boca’s rearguard. Pablo Barrientos played, on his 24th birthday, but there were no gifts presented to him by a Boca defence which included Juan Krupoviesa for the first time in nearly 10 months.

Pablo Mouche had the best chance of the match in the second half, but Centeno came out well to smother it, and a match in which San Lorenzo scarcely deserved anything saw them claim a point and a clean sheet. A good thing for them it’s only a run-out, because Miguel Angel Russo won’t have been too impressed by any of the performances.

Estudiantes, in Sao Paulo, got battered. Former PSV Eindhoven, Barcelona, Internazionale and Real Madrid striker Ronaldo was presented to the fans before the game and then took up a place in the commentary boxes, as Corinthians celebrated their return to the Brazilian top flight following their 2007 relegation by battering the Copa Sudamerica finalists (who didn’t take Seba Verón with them) 5-1. To see Corinthians’ goals, click here.

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One thought on “Boca dominate, but can’t score

  1. Not much to say, eh ? Boca much the better team, but that’s it. I agree with Seba. These matches have no value other than to allow coaching staffs to see some of the kids and reserves in action.

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