Boca, Santos play out tense Libertadores stalemate
Argentina’s Boca Juniors and Santos of Brazil played out a tense 0-0 draw at an empty Bombonera stadium in Buenos Aires on Wednesday in their Copa Libertadores semi-final first leg tie.
Boca’s Colombian forward Sebastian Vacation home came closest to breaking the deadlock in the very first half however struck the woodwork.
The winners following next week’s second leg in Brazil will deal with either Brazilians Palmeiras or Boca’s arch city rivals River Plate in the January 30 final at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium.
Palmeiras stunned 2018 winners River 3-0 in Buenos Aires on Tuesday.
Possibilities were at a premium in the Bombonera that was without spectators due to coronavirus limitations.
Vacation home crashed an early opportunity off the woodwork after he was teed up by veteran former Manchester United, Manchester City and Juventus star Carlos Tevez.
Six-time winners Boca threatened early in the second period when Eduardo Salvio’s near post shot was pressed behind by Santos goalkeeper John Victor.
Simply after the hour mark, Santos enjoyed a spell of pressure but Marinho’s low shot was conserved by goalkeeper Esteban Andrada before Kaio Jorge blazed over the bar.
With 15 minutes left Marinho seemed plainly fouled in the box by Carlos Izquierdoz however extremely, despite the video assistant referee examining the incident, the referee waved away Santos’ charge appeals.
Tevez curled an effort broad after cutting in from the left while deep into injury time Leonardo Jara was teed up on the edge of the area however lashed his effort well over as Boca finished highly.
Boca last won the Libertadores in 2007 but lost to River in the legendary 2019 final that needed to be played in Madrid after the initial 2nd leg was delayed when Boca’s group bus was assaulted by River fans on the way to the stadium.
Three time champs Santos, the team Brazil excellent Pele bet, last lifted the trophy in 2011.