This Was Awesome

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.

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6 responses to “This Was Awesome

  1. Indeed, this match was what the kids would call “epic”. Quite the down week for Boca. Let’s all feel bad for them…AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH! God are they easy to hate.

  2. Scouse: from my perspective, the quality of SA goalkeeping has declined since the 90s, or maybe it has simply flatlined while Euro/American keepers have improved. I would generally say that SA keepers are now a half-step below Euro keepers. I don’t really know why that is, other than maybe the European clubs have made improvements to their keeper training programs at the youth level, while in SA, keeper is still a position for kids who can’t get a spot at fwd or mid.

    I would say the top five keepers in the world right now are European (Buffon, Cech, Casillas, etc), while I would probably only put Julio Cesar (Inter/Brazil) somewhere in the top 10. I’m not crazy about any of the Argentine keepers from the national team, and I also haven’t seen any particularly great keepers coming up through the ranks in SA right now.

  3. I don’t know poop about soccer (can’t use your hands, right?) but I do love a good underdog story. Also this is exactly why I never, ever leave before the game is over, no matter how miserable the traffic will be or how rough it will be to get out of the parking lot. The coolest stuff happens in the final moments.

  4. RE: South American keepers. I find it fascinating that, due to a variety of circumstances, Argentina’s national team’s first-choice keeper plays for Sampdoria…in Serie B. There are some good ones out there, but as BG can attest, clubs go through them like the players go through trashy models.

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