Boca Juniors 1-1 River Plate: result, summary, goals
Boca Juniors-River Plate: live
The whistle sounds and it ends 1-1.
Into the last minute of time added on... another Superclasico to end all square....the last meeting here between both sides was a 2-2 draw in January.
We've seen little of Rojo as the former Man Unityed man makes his Boca debut.... River looking for one final push as the clock ticks down.
We'll have five minutes of added time
It was the spin of the ball that was on the side of the home side as it spun away from the Boca goal! Incredible ....
River almost make it 2 as the ball trickles across the Boca goalmouth after Andrada mis read a cross
River with a dangerous free... Poor and gathered by Andrada.
The draw slightly favours Boca given their previous four results and sees Los Xeneizes remain unbeaten in the competition.
Just over 5 remain and it's River who maintain the initiative and look the likelier to score.
Ten remain at La Bombonera as River make a double switch....
Gallardo shakes his head.... What price a 1-1 draw now ?
River now down to 10 to as Casco gets his second yellow
River playing with more urgency now as they sense Boca are there for the taking
Into the final 15'. Still level here at La Bombonera as Andrada saves Boca with a sterling stop from Angileri
Casco and Villa carded for a rife-rafe
Changes for Boca: off Medina and Maroni...on Rojo (making his debut for Boca) with Varela also on
Rojo and Varela set to come on for Boca
Plenty of drama here at La Bombonera as the tide swings the way of River Plate.
Boca down to 10... Zambrano carded for an elbow
Gooooooooooool River draw level
Changes imminent for River...
Medina carded after grabbing an opponent by the shirt
De la Cruz tests the Boca keeper but his left foot effort was easy for Andrada to gather.
Three stops from the River keeper as he deprives Tevez and Maroni.
Boca almost make it 2... Armani the hero for River
Limited continued flow to this first 14/15 minutes of this half... River looking for a way through and Boca looking comfortable in defence and happy to strike on the counter
Things just not going River's way at present and certainly time for Gallardo to look at the Boca bench....
Boca free kick with Maroni to take. The ball falls to Lopez who fires straight at Armani.
Sebastian Villa reels away after putting Boca ahead in the first half from the spot
River probing looking for a way past the yellow and blue Boca rear guard .... just lacking the final ball to unpick the Boca lock.
Now River almost strike as Borre fires over from a fine De la Cruz assist
Maroni through on goal but the No. 20 drives over as Fabra is on the surface and needs medical attention
Despite their dominance in the first half, River were reduced to long range efforts with Andrada slipping up just once in the half for Boca.
No changes it would appear at the interval.
River start the second 45'
What can we expect in the second 45? Gallardo will be disappointed with the way his team ran out of steam and let Boca creep into the contest.
The whistle sounds for the end of the first 45.
We'll have one minute of added time.
Half time coming at a bad time for Boca as they are now in charge, fuelled by the opening goal of the match
River somewhat rattled now after bossing the first 25 minutes of the game
Villa opts for a straight down the line spot kick as Armani dives and Boca take the lead
Boca lead !
Great flick from Tevez as Capaldo steams into the box and is clipped by Diaz...Villa to take and scores
Penalty for Boca !!!!!
The River stops a goal bound effort from Tevez with a big hand... great reflex stop from the 'arquero'. Best chance of the game without a doubt as Boca start to edge back into the contest.
What a save from Armani !
Ten minutes of the half remain as the rhythm of the game drops... River no longer bossing proceedings and failing to combine as they managed to do in the early stages.
Suarez almost connects with Borre but the ball was overhit and drifts out for a Boca goal kick.
Tevez tests Armani but the River stopper was well positioned to gather.
Riquelme watching on from one of the VIP boxes at La Bombonera, how much Boca could do with his magic tonight ....
The heat playing a role now as the early pace of the earlier phase of the half has dropped.
Julian Alvarez warming up for River.... possible early switch on the cards for Gallardo?
Enzo Perez messes up and Boca almost slip through as the ball is back with Andrada and this time the Boca keeper is alert to clear the danger.
Boca certainly missing the cutting thrust of Cardona with Tevez somewhat discreet so far in the game.
Just that one clear cut chance from River after Andrada went walkabout... Armani has been a virtual spectator so far in 25 minutes of action
Russo and Gallardo share a joke ahead of tonight's game
River almost take the lead as Andrada steps out of his box and has to rely on a defender to clear a goal bound ball.
River dominating all aspects of the game at present
The Uruguayan is poised to strike... 20 m out from the Boca goal. De la Cruz steps up.....drives the ball into the wall and fires the rebound over the bar.
River win a dangerous free-kick on the edge of the Boca box as Zambrano fouls De la Cruz... The Peruvian is carded
First corner of the night goes to River... Uruguayan De la Cruz to take....Boca clear the danger
Colon (from Santa Fe) are the surprise package of the Copa de la Liga with a 100% record after a 0-2 win last night vs Estudiantes... check out the second goal from Luis Miguel Rodríguez (Pulga) for a treat !!
River now well on top, creating all the positive play and Boca are penned back inside their own box.
After a bright start from the home side it's Gallardo's men who are enjoying the better of the action now as De la Cruz strikes with his left but once again the ball drifts over the Boca bar.
River now starting to impose themselves as Andrada almost gets caught out as Los Millionarios press... Borre strikes from range but high and wide
Both sides easing their way into the action with a tentative opening with Boca enjoying more of the ball.
Free for Boca... Maroni fires in a speculative ball but it's overhit
Gallardo looking very debonair on the River bench tonight in a smart black jacket & white t-shirt combo
Off we go at La Bombonera .... Boca get the action underway
Captain's Armani and Tevez exchange pennants and the kick-off is imminent.
Kick off at La Bombonera just minutes away and despite no fans present, the stadium is awash with the yellow and blue of Boca. The teams take to the field... Both sides in their classic kits....
Buenos Aires weather: it's a muggy afternoon in the Argentine capital with a temp. of 27C/81F at kick-off
The Copa de la Liga .... Both top four sides from both groups A and B will progress and contest the remainder of the competition with the semi and final one legged games set to be played at a neutral ground.
It's going to be an empty La Bombonera tonight as Argentina continues to grapple with the covid 19 pandemic and despite timid pleas from the AFA about a return for fans, that does seem some way off at present.
El Apache Tevez starts for Boca tonight
As anticipated Edwin Cardona will play no role in tonight's Superclasico for Boca with the Colombian still not match-fit.
River Plate subs bench:
Lux, Bologna, Rojas, Martínez, Vigo, Ponzio, Zuculini, Paradela, Álvarez, Fontana & Girotti.
Boca subs bench:
Rossi, Buffarini, Zárate, Soldano, Zeballos, Almendra, Varela, Sandez, Vázquez, Más, Obando, Rojo.
Both sides have enjoyed indifferent starts to the Copa de la Liga campaign with River seventh in Group A and Boca in 6th place in group B.
River squad news: According to reports coming out of Argentina, veteran Leo Ponzio will come into the Marcelo Gallardo's starting eleven to partner Enzo Pérez in the centre of midfield.
Boca squad news: Marcos Rojo could make his debut for Boca. Club legend Carlos Tevez is not 100% fit and Edwin Cardona may not be fit enough to play in the crunch clash.
The Argentine giants face off tonight in the 2021 Copa de la Liga. Boca are unbeaten in Group A, with two wins and two draws, they heaped misery on Velez last weekend with a 7-1 win. River have made a slow start to life in Group B, with two wins and two defeats so far.
Kick-off at La Bombonera is at 22:00 CET.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the first Superclasico of the Argentine season as Boca Juniors face River Plate.