Boca was a machine… of missing goals. With ‘Colo’ Barco as the only one that tried to do something different, and with more strength than football, the ‘xeneize’ team drew 0-0 against Palmeiras in the first leg of the Copa Libertadores semi-finals and will have to look for a place the final in Sao Paulo next Thursday. Before, this Sunday it’s time to host River in the Superclásico for Argentine soccer.
“The 4 of Boca”. That’s what they call the right back of their team in Boca, which could seem like an anonymous function, more necessary than heroic, if it weren’t for the fact that there, in that lane, the ‘xeneizes’ enjoyed three huge names, landowners who watched , they protected, they harangued.
In the 60s Rubén ‘El Chapa’ Suñé, who played more than 300 games with the club, and won two Libertadores and one Intercontinental; in the 70s Tano Pernía, a mustachioed soldier who won three local and three international titles with that band; and the historic Negro Ibarra, who won everything with Boca in the 2000s and left the feeling that, in retirement, the right back was left with a void that was impossible to fill.
“Boca’s 4” today is Luis Advíncula, less Pernía and more Ibarra, that is, less of a catchacanista and more organized, who on the night against Palmeiras, the first leg of the Copa Libertadores semi-final in the Bombonera, had the mission of put an end to the partnership of Roni and Ze Roberto and, beyond the yellow card, leaves a feeling of peace in that right-handed lane that they admire so much in Boca.
Twitter explodes every time the Peruvian plays. A little our need for international figures, another much the statistics that multiply on his career, after 30 years. Advíncula is the third Peruvian player (Martín Hidalgo in 2006 and Rinaldo Cruzado in 2013) to start in a Libertadores semifinal in the 21st century, writes statistician @OptaJavier.
The only team that can prevent a Brazilian from being Libertadores champion for the fifth consecutive year is Luis Advíncula’s Boca Juniors, says the @ErrorArbitralTR account. And the most forceful, from @TNTSportsAR (1.1 M followers): “Luis Advíncula scored 3 goals in this Libertadores and is Boca’s top scorer in the competition.”
On Thursday night, more of a winger than a winger, he once again showed that intelligence why coaches as different as Russo and Almirón wanted him no matter what on their teams. From that walk at full speed he has left the stride, perhaps better chosen depending on the game, and that extravagance with which he moved his arms like ostrich wings – or like Cuto Guadalupe – is now better used to anticipate, and avoid so many fouls. . This is enough for him to make a good Cup.
It was a final 0-0 in the Bombonera and now the return leg remains in Brazil. Perhaps Advíncula is more extreme than lateral. And perhaps a great game is further proof that we are facing a quality footballer that South America recognizes. We should do it too.
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