La Boca es del Decano

Twenty-eight years on... a second win in a row for Atlético Tucumán over Boca Juniors
Twenty-eight years on... a second home win in a row for Atlético Tucumán over Boca Juniors

On Friday night Racing and Gimnasia La Plata shared the points, and Argentinos took three away from their visit to Newell’s in Rosario. Saturday, though, has seen the outstanding result of the weekend in Argentina: newly-promoted Atlético Tucumán hosted the mighty Boca Juniors and took all the points with a 2-0 win which lifts them above their visitors. Atlético’s last win over Boca was 28 years ago – the last time Boca visited the Monumental José Fierro. Elsewhere Arsenal beat Tigre in Victoria, and Chacarita’s miserable start to the Apertura continued.

In Tucumán, Juan Pablo Pereyra got the hosts off the mark early on after a major mix-up in the Boca penalty box. Goalkeeper Roberto Abbondanzieri badly misjudged a long ball into his area, rushed out to it and made a hash of catching or clearing the danger. With the ‘keeper in no man’s land, the ball fell for Pereyra about twenty-five yards out, in the inside left position, who smacked it home gleefully. After that goal, Boca were a mess, and Atlético’s constant pressuring never allowed them to settle. Colombian substitute Fabio Escobar headed the second halfway through the second half, and Boca are now seven points behind leaders Rosario Central.

Central themselves got a 1-0 away win over Chacarita Juniors in Huracán Estadio Tomás A. Duco. Chaca defender Jorge Núñez put through his own net in the thirty-third minute, and although both sides had opportunities thereafter, and Central had a second goal disallowed, no further goals followed. Vélez and San Lorenzo fought rather than played their way to a 0-0 draw in which the champions’ Waldo Ponce was sent off with 7 minutes left, and Arsenal travelled to Victoria and beat Tigre 2-1. Matías Giménez put the hosts 1-0 up after quarter of an hour, but Cristian Alvarez levelled minutes later, and Franco Jara scored what proved to be the winner in the 32nd.

On Friday night, Racing were held in El Cilindro after a poor performance. An own goal from Ruben Maldonado looked set to hand La Academia all three points until Sebastián Romero equalised for Gimnasia with just under quarter of an hour to play. Newell’s, meanwhile, lost for the first time this season, at home to Argentinos. Néstor Ortigoza got the match’s only goal in the 64th minute.

Atlético Tucumán 2 – 0 Boca Juniors:

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5 thoughts on “La Boca es del Decano

  1. Goes without saying that Boca is struggling. The attack is really weak, and without Mouche yesterday there was nobody with any speed. Palermo and Viatri ? Two slow #9’s, and Viatri is rarely involved. Boca really misses Palacio and Datolo. For all the talk about Boca not selling as many players as other clubs, they have sold many recently and the replacements have not been up to snuff. Insua looked pretty good during the preseason tour of Europe, but has not looked as effective in the Apertura. Marino is not going to be a saviour in any respect. Noir remains a fast, tall kid and nothing else. Defensively, Pato is going downhill and there are increasing holes in front of him. Medel is a pretty fair player, but I long for the Battaglia/Vargas hard-nosed wall.

    As for Riquelme, has disintegrated in my opinion. No confidence. His free kicks, a signature in the past, are increasingly poor. He has fallen from a very good finisher to nearly being unable to finish at all. Since coming back from the latest knee injury/rehab, Palermo is even slower, and doesn’t seem to be his formerly inspired self on the pitch.

    Generally, an old team with less and less fighting spirit. As Bostero Forever said in an email yesterday, he couldn’t remember a meaningful victory.

    Despairing Bosteros

  2. watching Lanus – Banfield and I have to say Boca isn’t only team struggling, Lanus misses Sand too much. And Banfield is about to re-awaken to take it’s in el sur porteño with Silva and Evriti becoming just as effective as blanco-sand were for Lanus last season

    1. Erviti is an excellent player, he has stood out even when Banfield have been poor as a whole.
      But poor Lanús. They used to be the best side to watch in the league, now they’re just another side. Same with Huracán. And Tigre have been the biggest disappointment, they started so well against San Lorenzo in the Copa, but their performances since have been awful.

      It seems that the latest exodus of talent has dragged the level of the league down a few notches again. The only really exciting match of the last few weeks has been Estudiantes’ frantic win over Independiente. I suppose River v Chaca too, but that was two poor teams giving each other goals and then a piece of magic dredged from memory by Ortega.
      Otherwise, the return of free TV fútbol has started with a surfeit of dull matches ambling to foregone conclusions. It’s a real shame, as the last two championships have been full of excitement. There’s nothing particularly beautiful or skilful about Rosario Central, they’re just a bunch of kids speeding along on momentum.
      Maybe I’m just depressed by Racing’s plight! A couple of good results against two top rivals could change my outlook. But generally, Vélez winning the title has done more damage to the league than we even thought at the time. Maybe the Huracán side may not have broken up so quickly had it been the champion. Now Vélez look set to launch a period of domination, but if the sort of horrible match we saw against San Lorenzo is an example of it, then it’s worrying for the immediate future. We need some new PIBES on the scene! (That sub Orlando looked good for Huracán on Sunday, more like him, and preferably a new Zucu for Racing…)

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