Boca Juniors get thrashed, and River Plate are held

Walter Erviti (left) and Juan Román Riquelme don't look happy at their side's result

The first Sunday of the 2011 Torneo Clausura saw Argentina’s two giants enter the fray. Boca Juniors, who were one of the pre-season favourites for the title after a very strong showing in the summer friendlies, hosted Godoy Cruz – who like Boca are under new management – and were handed a 4-1 thrashing to open the campaign. It was a bitter-sweet Boca debut for Walter Erviti, who scored his side’s only goal on his first appearance alongside Juan Román Riquelme. River Plate, meanwhile, looked very impressive against Tigre and created a lot of chances, but couldn’t convert any and might even have lost had their hosts grabbed one on the break. That game finished 0-0. Racing are the only one of the ‘Big Five’ to win on the opening weekend, opening their campaign with a 1-0 away win over All Boys. All the highlights from Sunday’s games are right here.

All Boys 0 – 1 Racing Club

Boca Juniors 1 – 4 Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba

Unfortunately no videos at all – even highlights – from Tigre vs River are on YouTube.

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6 thoughts on “Boca Juniors get thrashed, and River Plate are held

  1. if only every game could be won by a 4-4-1-1 formation and counter-attacking 1/4th of the time and winning 4-1 . game of one’s and four’s . Carlos Sanchez wearing the 4 on his kit and bagging the last one to seal it. bring on LDU! why me worry? The sooner we are knocked out of libertadores, the quicker we can play marbles with “los grandes” and forfeit that May match with Velez

    I fell asleep sometime during tigre-river,I vaguely recall hearing stracqualursi’s name in my dreams… damn commentators tend to enunciate his name especially during his stuttersteps before a blast over the defense or during one of those suspended animation jumping headers of his trying to cheek it from a deep cross. Although it ended tonight always high and wide. Pavone is consistently commented on other blogs and fan sites today as some dog dead tree trunk thief or something in that sort of order.

  2. A really strange 4-1 loss for Boca to Godoy Cruz. Boca dominated ball possession, had tons of scoring chances, and still whupped badly in the end. Despite the score I remain more optimistic about this Boca than the Apertura’s Boca. But, there are some issues. Firstly being Javier Garcia. I hope he was overly anxious given the first match of the season. If he can’t catch the freaking ball then Falcioni will need to make a change. The other issue is Boca’s defense. The back was so slow to react to the counter-attacks early in the match. After Falcioni threw caution to the wind (good for him) by loading up the attack in the second period, then you are rolling the dice-and Boca lost the roll. Which leads to the question-is Falcioni putting the defense in a poor position by having Riquelme and Erviti on the pitch at the same time ? The jury is still out. With both playing, Boca was very dangerous in the first period but couldn’t finish. So, if you can’t play Erviti and Roman together, who sits ? Erviti, who Falcioni made a herculean effort to bring to Boca, or Juan Roman Riquelme, the face of Boca Juniors ? Hmmm…..nothing is ever simple at Boca.

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