Corinthians beats Boca on penalties and remains alive in Libertadores

Corinthians beats Boca on penalties and remains alive in Libertadores

Corinthians suffered, but secured qualification for the quarter-finals of the Copa Libertadores after defeating Boca Juniors (Argentina) 6-5 in the penalty shootout, on Tuesday night (5) at the Bombonera stadium, in Buenos Aires. , after a goalless draw in the 90 minutes. Corinthians beats Boca on penalties and remains alive in Libertadores

The spot had to be decided in the penalty shootout because in the first game between the teams, last week in São Paulo, the final result was also a goalless draw. Now Timão takes on the next phase who passes between Flamengo and Tolima (Colombia).

With many absences and knowing that he would have to deal with the intense pressure of the Argentine team, the coach Vítor Pereira sent a team with a line of five players in the field to the field, perhaps with the intention of trying to control the actions. But the Portuguese coach’s bet proved to be a mistake, as Timão did little against a Boca that dominated widely in the first half.

Faced with a retreating Corinthians, the Argentine team started to collect good opportunities, such as those that came from the feet of forward Villa in the 5th minute, the side Advíncula two minutes later and Fabra in the 10th minute. However, the clearest chance came in the 18th minute , when Zeballos attacked from the right and crossed to the area, where Benedetto, with great freedom, finished in the first without direction to the relief of the Timão crowd.

The situation seemed to get complicated for Corinthians in the 27th minute, when the referee, with the help of VAR (video referee), awarded a penalty for Boca because defender Raul Gustavo ended up hitting Fernández with an elbow in dispute from above.

Benedetto went for the kick and ended up hitting the post, wasting another great opportunity to open the scoring.

The final stage had the same tone, with a Corinthians cornered in front of a very aggressive Boca in the attack. And the most crystalline opportunity for the Argentines came in the 13th minute, when Benedetto received a throw and hit trying to cover the goalkeeper Cássio. But he sent it out.

As the tie remained until the end of the 90 minutes, the spot had to be decided on penalties. On penalties, Rojo, Izquierdoz, Fernández, Romero and Varela scored for Boca, while Benedetto shot wide and Cássio saved Villa and Ramírez’s shots. Corinthians were more efficient, with Raul Gustavo and Bruno Melo losing and Fábio Santos, Cantillo, Róger Guedes, Roni, Lucas Piton and Gil converting their opportunities.

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