Boca 0-2 River: summary, score, goals, highlights, El Superclásico
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River Plate run out worthy winners in the SuperClasico and for the bulk of the game were the better side.
Goals from Rondon and a late strike from Enzo Diaz broke Xenezies hearts and Boca now need to reset and turn their thoughts to Thursday's Copa Libertadores clash in Sao Paulo as they face Palmeiras.
That's the goal that secures the SuperClasico for Los Millionarios.
Enzo Diaz doubles River's lead.
Boca can turn their focus on Thursday night's clash in Sao Paulo in the Copa Libertadores as River win
How did Colidio miss that.
The River sub blazes over from inside the six yard box after excellent work from Barco.
Into the last minute of normal time at La Bombonera.
River poised to head back to the northern part of the city with three points.
We'll have six minutes of added time.
Boca's Valdez carded for a professional foul
Zeballos now carded as he hauls back a River player.
Armani carded for time wasting.
Six minutes of normal time remain and despite the recent added intensity, River look solid.
Change for River
Martinez in and he replaces Enzo Perez
Just over ten minutes remaining in Buenos Aires and it's Boca who are looking the better of the two sides as River sit deep and look to maintain their slender lead.
Boca have a new lease of life and Cavani has made an instant impact.
Offside the verdict.
A very very tight call.
VAR being consulted and a tough one to call.
Cavani has the ball in the net but the flag is up
Into the final twenty minutes of the clash.
Boca win their fifth corner of the night.
The move comes to nothing as River defend well.
Zeballos and Cavani on for Boca
Off: Campuzano and Saracchi off
Better from Boca as Barco swings in a dangerous cross that is headed over.
Cavani poised to make an entrance for the home side.
Saracchi carded for a rash challenge.
Changes for River:
In - Colidio and Rondon
Out - Fernandez, Aliendro
Looks like Casco will need to be switched with the River player still feeling the effect of that nasty fall.
Casco falls badly and may need treatment.
River poised to make two changes as Demichelis gives the subs some final words of advice.
Rondon does well to get a shot off despite the presence of two Boca defenders.
River seem to have weathered the storm and now are getting a foothold back in the contest.
River almost go two ahead as Romero pushes wide an effort from Barco from the edge of the area.
A Barco playing per side now after Valentin came on for Boca at the break.
Nacho Fernandez picks up River's first card of the day as he clips Barco.
A much better approach from Boca at the start of the second half.
Coach Almiron will be focused on the game in Sao Paulo next Thursday too.
Off we go again.
River start the second half
HT: Boca 0-1 River
Changes planned for Boca
Not a bad first half of football with many SuperClasicos being heavy going affairs in the past few years.
River striking today just when it felt that Boca were growing into the game and a touch of fortune with the ball striking the Venezuelan and ending up in the back of the Boca net.
The whistle sounds and it's River who take the lead at the break.
Salomon Rondon on target for the visitors.
Lanzini and Rondon work well and it takes a fine stop from Romero to keep River at bay.
Cavani still warming up on the Boca bench and we may see the Uruguayan striker at the start of the second half with Benedetto cutting a sole figure in the Boca attack.
We'll have four minutes of added time.
The goal stands and River are ahead.
Play still held up as confusion still reigns over the opening goal.
There is a degree of confusion now as a Boca player may have been fouled in the build up to the Rondon goal.
VAR being looked at.
A degree of fortune as the ball is deflected off Rondon which tricks the Boca keeper.
River take the lead.
Boca win their third corner of the day. The home side enjoying a purple patch now.
Benedetto once again goes close drilling the ball into the side netting.
River seem to have gone off the boil somewhat as the home side has managed to take back the initative of the game.
Benedetto fires from distance but the effort is straight at Armani in the River goal.
The flag is up as Benedetto almost finds the net but Armani was alert and on hand to save.
Past the half an hour mark and tension slowly growing (as is the case).
Herrera gets a boot onto the freekick but the ball goes wide as he stretches.
First card of the day goes to Campuzano (trip on De la Cruz) and another yellow, this time to Valentini for protesting.
Herrera has a go from a very acute angle. Wildly ambitious from the River Plate man.
Janson fouled and Boca have a great chance on the edge of the River box.
28.5m from goal. Possibly a little far out for a direct shot.
Blondel shoots but the wall does its job and River can ease a sigh of relief.
Past the 20 minute mark and River are well on top with Boca resorting to counter attacks with the side from Nuñez enjoying the bulk of possession and half chances.
Gonzalez Pirez almost steers the ball into his own net from a decent ball from Ramirez. Better now from Boca as they adopt a more positive approach.
The ball is now down the other side of the field as Barco pulls a shot wide of the Boca goal.
The initial niggles seem to have abated and there is more of a rhythm to the match now.
The last league meeting here at La Bombonera ended 1-0 to the home side in September 2022 with Benedetto bagging the only goal of the game.
Recent games between both sides have been tightly fought affairs with just a single goal dividing the teams.
Possession after 14 minutes - Boca 32-68 River (%)
River, the better side in the opening phase of the SuperClasico enjoying the bulk of possession and forcing Boca on the back foot.
Boca head to Sao Paolo next week and are the only non Brazilian left in the competition. The Argentine side face Palmeiras with Internacional and Fluminense the other teams left in the running for the title.
Good work by River as they move the ball well but Herrera blazes the ball wide and over the ball to end the move.
River enjoying the better start to the derby.
Boca have already committed four fouls in just 4 minutes of the game.
Another free for River and already an unhealthy amount of stoppages from free kicks developing. A pattern of recent SuperClasicos.
Free for River as De la Cruz shapes to deliver.
Boca head clear and the ball is driven long and it's a kick out for Boca.
Noise levels being generated from the more than 56,000 fans here at La Bombonera is exceptional.
Boca get the game underway.
Mr Merlos sounds his whistle and off we go in Buenos Aires.
All set at La Bombonera as the matchball is delivered by a small remote control car to the match official.
A huge CABJ - Jugador No. 12 (Club Atletico Boca Juniors, player No. 12 ) tifo is now unfurled from La Doce end of the stadium.
Blue and yellow smoke bellows out as firecrackers rattle with the teams on the field.
What a welcome as the teams take to the pitch...
Just watching the scenes unfold at La Bombonera, one can't help but think ´how good it would be to be there´... the atmosphere looks like no other.
Let's hope the match itself matches the atmosphere although recent SuperClasico's have been stodgy affairs.
A presidential debate has led to the early staging of the SuperClasico as the final few fans make their way through the turnstiles at La Bombonera.
River Plate dressing room is ready
There is no better sight in world football than the blue and yellow playing the white with red sash as one of the biggest derby rivalries in the global game is just minutes away in Buenos Aires.
All eyes on Benedetto today as the former Elche and Marseille man is back in Argentine and will be expected to bag the goals against River today.
Cavani with just one goal in his nine games in a yellow and blue shirt is on the bench.
- 25Bruno Valdez
- 42Lucas Blondel
- 3Marcelo Saracchi
- 15Nicolás Valentini
- 20Juan Ramírez
- 5Ezequiel Bullaude
- 57Marcelo Weigandt
- 49Jorman Campuzano
- 11Lucas Janson
The key to today's clash will centre on the amount of focus Jorge Almiron is prepared to give to the midweek Libertadores clash in Brazil against Palmeiras.
The Libertadores is always of massive importance for fans of all South American clubs and the perfect scenario for all Xenexies fans is a win in both games.
Kick off in Buenos Aires just 30 minutes away. It's an early start in the Argentine capital with the game starting at 2pm local time which is a 1pm (ET) kick off.
The atmosphere is buiding at La Bombonera with the stands a riot of blue and yellow. Don´t forget, for over a decade now, by and large, away fans are banned in Argentine and there will be no visible River supporters in La Boca today.
River are in fourth place in Group A having collected 10 points from their six games with three wins, one draw and two defeats.
After six games in the Copa de la Liga, Boca are adrift in ninth place in Group B with two wins, one draw and three defeats.
How River shape up results-wise ahead of tonight's game at La Bombonera
Boca's recent results ahead of El SuperClasico
River out to break hoodoo
2018 was the last time Los Millonarios won at La Boca and in the seven games that have taken place in that time, the home side have recorded four wins with three draws.
Possible Boca XI
This could be the starting XI for Almiron today as the coach has one eye on the game in Brazil next week.
Romero; Weigandt, Valdez, Valentini, Saracchi; Blondel, Bullaude, Campuzano, Ramírez; Benedetto & Janson.
River send off
This was the send off the River fans gave their team as they head south towards the La Boca district of the capital.
La Bombonera is ready
Blue skies in the Argentine capital as kick off to the SuperClasico looms.
Boca vs River: historical head to head
Both Argentine giants have met on 259 occasions:
Boca have 91 wins
River have 85 wins
Drawn gamess 83
A huge week lies ahead for Boca Juniors as they look to defeat city rivals ahead of their Copa Libertadores semi final second leg against Brazilian side after the first leg ended 0-0 in Buenos Aires last week.
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