Boca Juniors 2-2 River Plate: Dario Benedetto misses huge chance at the death as enthralling Superclasico ends all square in Copa Libertadores final first leg
Boca Juniors and River Plate drew 2-2 on Sunday in the first leg of their Copa Libertadores final in a thrilling game that took place a day later than scheduled due to heavy rain in Argentina.
Ramon Abila put Boca ahead after 34 minutes but Lucas Pratto equalised for the visitors less than two minutes later.
Dario Benedetto got Boca’s second just seconds before halftime but Carlos Izquierdoz put through his own goal after 61 minutes to leave square things up.
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Ramon Abila peeled away in wild celebrations after giving the hosts the lead against their rivals on Sunday
Lucas Pratto got River Plate back on level terms almost immediately with a well taken finish in the first half
Boca Juniors’ Dario Benedetto bent a superb curler past Franco Armani to restore their lead just before the interval
The River players bundled in the corner of the pitch after taking levelling through Carlos Izquierdoz’s own goal
Boca went on the offensive and turned to Carlos Tevez. The former Manchester City and Juventus star looked lively and showed great vision to pick out Benedetto on his own in the area.
The goal was gaping but Benedetto hit his effort straight at the keeper, leaving the tie in the balance heading into the next match.
The second leg of the final, South America’s equivalent of the Champions League, will take place at River’s Monumental stadium on Nov. 24
The River Plate supporters descend on the Antonio Vespucio Liberti Stadium in their numbers before the match starts
Boca Juniors’ fans hold up yellow and blue inflatables to show their support ahead of the Sunday’s first leg clash
The Boca supporters let off yellow flares in the stands as they gear up for kick-off against their rivals River Plate
Leonardo Jara (left) slides in to a 50-50 challenge with Gonzalo Martinez (right) during the first half on Sunday
Boca Juniors’ head coach Guillermo Barros Schellotto screams instructions to his players from the touchline
Boca Juniors’ goalscorer Abila (right) competes for the ball in the air with River Plate’s Javier Pinola (left)
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