In case you missed it, and I’m betting you probably did, have a look at the highlights from Sunday’s epic showdown between Boca Juniors and Independiente at Boca’s La Bombonera stadium:
Let me give you a little background. Going into the match, Independiente were dead last in the league with 0 pts and only 1 goal scored. They were under new management following the previous manager’s resignation a week ago. Boca were top of the league, on a 33 game league undefeated run, and hadn’t conceded a goal yet this year. In fact, they only conceded 6 goals all of last tournament. A lopsided win for Boca was expected. Goal rundown after the jump.
Newly unearthed teen phenom Patricio “Duck” Vidal opened the scoring for Independiente after just 37 seconds, sending shockwaves through La Bombonera. Barely six minutes later, Osmar “The bad guy” Ferreyra made it 2-nil with an excellent free kick. Silence in the stands, except for the top corner where the incredulous but joyful Independiente fans were corraled.
Boca got on the scoreline another six minutes later through a header from Facundo “The Bull” Roncaglia. Boca fans started to breathe again. In the 33rd minute, my new favorite player Ernesto “Piano Key” Farías made it 3-1 Independiente off a masterful “palomita” diving header.
Juan Román Riquelme would notch Boca’s 2nd in added time (thanks to a lucky deflection) and the two sides went to the locker rooms 3-2 to Independiente. Five minutes into the second half, more luck for Boca when Roncaglia earned his brace. My heart: crushed.
In the 60th minute, Pablo “No Alias” Ledesma would score Boca’s 4th and send me back to the pit of despair that I’ve been wallowing in since the start of the season. Buuut, in the 89th, Independiente found a miracle equalizer on the head of my new hero Farías. All of Independiente was overjoyed and would have settled for the draw. In fact, they were quite upset with the referee for deciding to add an extra 5 minutes to the end of the match. Fortunately, Farías didn’t think a draw was good enough and in Super Fergie time, he stole a ball and delivered a gorgeous Messi-like lobbed finish over Boca’s keeper to seal a historic win. Simply amazing.
I’ll have more on this match later in the week when I do another Tango Ball post.