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Painful definition by penalties for Boca Juniors: Corinthians was effective and qualified for the quarterfinals of the Copa Libertadores

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With goalkeeper Cássio dressed as a hero, Corinthians advanced to the quarterfinals of the Copa Libertadores by beating Boca Juniors 6-5 on penalties, after drawing 0-0 on Tuesday at La Bombonera.

Within a very even series, Boca and Corinthians tied the two matches goalless, in Sao Paulo and in Buenos Aires, and the parity was not even broken with the penalty that Darío Benedetto (31) missed for the ‘xeneize’ team, crash his shot into the post.

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The goalkeeper Cássio was the savior of Timao’s classification, by stopping the shots of Sebastián Villa and Juan Ramírez.

Cássio was the hero of the ‘Timao’ classification, by stopping the shots of Sebastián Villa and Juan Ramírez.

With a more leading attitude, it was Boca that they sought from the beginning, a position that was favored by the defensive approach that Vítor Pereira had for a Corinthians depleted by casualties due to injuries.

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The São Paulo team landed at Bombonera with the mission of resisting, first, and trying to counterattack later.

From the left came the first situations for Boca, the first after a recovery by Varela, who assisted Villa and the Colombian shot hard at the near post, but had a good response from Cássio, and shortly after Frank Fabra tried from the same sector , with a slightly elevated left foot.

The hosts would have another opportunity around the twenty minute mark, when Zeballos attacked with power from the right and sent a great cross to Benedetto, who arrived alone, but the striker made an unusual mistake and finished high when he was alone against Cássio.

But no situation would be as conducive as the penalty sanctioned at the request of the VAR, due to an obvious elbow by Raul Gustavo on Pol Fernández, but Benedetto cornered the shot too much and his right foot hit the base of the left upright.

Little changed at the beginning of the second half, with a Boca that took control of the ball and cornered Corinthians against their field, who waited for him withdrawn and orderly. The game became monotonous, between a very predictable local in their movements, and a very cautious ‘Timao’, who was far from the blue and gold area.

DT Vítor Pereira, in case he already had problems with the absentees due to physical problems, added two other injured players, Joao Victor and Gustavo Mantuan, and completely resigned the possibility of attacking, to finish the ninety minutes without shots to the auriazul fence.

Lacking surprise, Boca did not find a factor of imbalance to violate the defensive plot that Corinthians opposed and their only situations were a high header from Marcos Rojo and a barely elevated left foot from Óscar Romero.

The emotion moved to the definition by penalties, in which the Brazilian team was more effective, they had the hierarchy of Cássio to stop Villa and Ramírez’s shots, in addition to the shot that Benedetto fired into the clouds, and Boca was not enough with the two saves by Agustín Rossi.

Thus, once again Boca’s cupbearer’s dream became a nightmare from eleven meters, while Corinthians celebrated for a long time in the Bombonera, after resisting in an adverse context, and managed to get into the top eight of the Libertadores.

Corinthians will meet in the quarterfinals with the winner of the series between Colombian Deportes Tolima and Brazilian Flamengo, who won the first leg away 1-0. (D)

Source: Eluniverso

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