Independiente and Boca meet in Avellaneda from 9:30 p.m. (TNT Sports) in a duel of cup aspirations. For the locals, led by Julio Falcioni, the ambition dictates Libertadores but reality points to the South American, since they currently occupy the last place for this contest, only two points above a Gymnastics that comes in raised. Those of Sebastián Battaglia, meanwhile, are virtually within the Libertadores, although with Estudiantes only one unit away. Anyway, they will also have the chance to get their ticket to the Argentine Cup, where they are already qualified for the final.
Battaglia surprised by introducing the trio of midfielders formed at the club – a sensation last season – made up of Varela, Medina and Almendra. The three did not play together from the start since last May, when the then Boca de Miguel Angel Russo eliminated River on penalties in the quarterfinals of the League Cup later conquered by Colón.
It took 29 games for the shuttlecock trident to start again. And, of the three, the most prominent began being Medina, first going down a center in Sández for Pavón to define the bulge near the small area and, second, with an overflow of pure dribbling and definition (deviated) of rabona that justified its mention in these lines.
But the dominance of Boca, with Salvio acting as a hitch, failed to hurt the local cast. With order as a dogma and patience as a virtue, Independiente capitalized on the first one he had. Lucas González was stronger than Almendra in a dispute, he placed Velasco on the right wing and he took the center for a nice header from Uruguayan Benavídez who, completely alone among the numerous xeneizes defenders, was suspended in the air and liquidated Rossi.
Red became even more conservative after the advantage gained, although he was able to increase it again after a stopped ball – Benavídez’s goal originated from a corner – but Insaurralde’s header was cleared in a great way by Rossi. Then it was Boca’s turn, which had five clear situations for the tie: but twice he collided with Sosa, once with Bustos saving on the line and another two with Sández and Briasco finishing badly.