BUENOS AIRES (AP) – Boca Juniors celebrated in Rosario and dedicated it to its captain Carlos Tevez.
A powerful attack from Carlos Izquierdoz allowed the “Xeneize”, who could not count on the “Apache”, disaffected by the death of his adoptive father, beat Newell’s Old Boys 1-0 on Sunday, for the second date of the Cup. of the Professional League of Argentine soccer.
It was Boca’s first victory in 2021, after five draws and a loss between local tournaments and the Copa Libertadores (he won the Diego Maradona Cup final in January, but on penalties).
In their debut in the tournament, Miguel Ángel Russo’s team had not been able to get past a poor 2-2 draw against Gimnasia and Esgrima La Plata in La Bombonera. At the Marcelo Bielsa stadium, “Xeneize” improved their performance and took a just victory against a limited rival.
The formula was similar to one of the “auriazules” goals of the previous week: precise center of the stopped ball by Colombian Edwin Cardona and header by a specialist like “Cali” Izquierdoz, who wore the captain’s tape and dedicated the goal to You look.
“The triumph was for him. We wanted him to know that we are all with him in this difficult moment, ”said the former Santos Laguna defender.
“Carlitos” left the concentration in Rosario and returned to Buenos Aires upon the news of the death of Segundo Tevez, 58, who was his foster father and from whom he took the surname.
Russo surprised by lining up the usual midfielder Nicolás Capaldo as a right back, after the frustrated hiring of Colombian Felipe Román, who did not pass the medical examination and returned to Millonarios de Bogotá.
Independiente, without rounding off a great performance, found some oxygen in Paraná, by defeating the modest Patronato 1-0 with a goal from newcomer Juan Insaurralde at 71.
The veteran former defender Colo Colo defined with a right hand in a nine position so that “Rojo” added his first three points in Zone B under the technical guidance of Julio César Falcioni.
The two newly promoted teams -Platense and Sarmiento de Junín- made their debut in a dissimilar way after postponing the match against each other on the first date.
After 22 years, Platense had a dream comeback to the First Division: they beat one of their classic rivals, Argentinos Juniors, 1-0 on the road.
Jorge Pereyra Díaz scored a header at 84 at the Diego Maradona stadium to give victory to “Squid”, who for the next date in Zone A will receive River Plate.
The “Bug” had more chances to score than his rival but ended up regretting his second consecutive defeat since the landing of coach Gabriel Milito.
In contrast, Sarmiento returned to the elite with a 2-1 loss at home to Vélez Sarsfield, who leads Zone B along with Lanús.
Mauricio Pellegrino’s team was superior and celebrated with goals from Lucas Janson and Thiago Almada. For the “Green” Jonathan Torres discounted.
The date will close on Monday with three games: Colón-San Lorenzo; Huracán-Unión and Atlético Tucumán-Central Córdoba.