Sunday saw this season’s first monumental Superclásico clash between River Plate and Boca Juniors, a game of great anticipation and fierce rivalry in Argentina. The fixture didn’t fail to disappoint for excitement, ending in a 4-2 goal fest with Boca Juniors tasting victory this time in the El Monumental stadium, Argentina’s largest (75,000 person official capacity) and most fitting setting.
Carlos Tevez was the talk of the game, with recent speculation about his future in football. The possibility of jetting off to China for the extravagantly paid $42.5 million USD per year contract, (equating to a weekly earning of $817,308 USD, yes that’s right) against possible retirement plans. He had to put in a performance for Boca fans and boy he did, clocking up an assist and two goals against Marcelo Gallardo‘s River squad.
“The fans know that I die for these colores. May the people of Boca enjoy it. This year too, like last year, everything returned to normality” said Tevez alluding to last year‘s success of five Boca victories.
A quick run-down of the game:
Fans didn’t have to wait long for action, with the first goal, assisted from a defence opening pass by Tevez, saw Boca’s Walter Bou’s sixth tournament goal coming from an accurate drill into the bottom corner after 14 minutes. However Boca’s joy didn’t last during the first half, Riva responding with two goals in the final ten minutes. Sebastian Driussi’s sizzling volley from a poor defensive clearance at the 34 minute mark joined a mere six minutes later with a well-timed header coming from teammate Lucas Alario hoisted River into the lead at the half-way mark.
The second half bought Tevez to the fore-front of the game, capitalising on a howling mistake from River’s young keeper Augusto Batalla, Tevez slotted home the equaliser seventeen minutes into the second half. Around twenty minutes later Tevez found the net again, this time with a spectacularly curled effort from outside the box finding the top corner, putting Boca ahead with less than ten minutes till the full time mark.
Four minutes of extra-time gave a slight but possible window for a recovery, however Boca hammered home a final nail in the coffin. A skilful chip over the keeper followed by a collected header from substitute Ricardo Centurion in the game’s final minute saw the final scoreline read 4-2.