Final tournamentMonday, February 10, 2014
Scoreless draw in Rosario
Boca Juniors gets an away point at Newell’s Old Boys
After poor results during the summer pre-season, Boca Juniors drew 0-0 with Newell’s Old Boys in Rosario in a match for the first round of the tournament where neither side took advantage of their scoring chances.
ROSARIO — Boca Juniors played out a 0-0 draw yesterday with Newell’s Old Boys at the Marcelo Bielsa stadium in Rosario as the Final Tournament opened.
It was a lackluster match with the most controversial moment coming in the 34th minute when referee Mauro Vigliano declined to call what looked like a penalty by Juan Forlín against Maximiliano Rodríguez.
“It bothers a lot, because we left behind important points due to decisions without personality,” said former Liverpool and Atlético Madrid midfielder Rodríguez after the match. “He should have awarded the penalty for us.”
Ever Banega made his debut with Newell’s as the authorization for his transfer arrived earlier yesterday. The former Valencia midfielder, who joined the team from Rosario on loan, did not find the way to help Newell’s turn around this poor present, as the club accumulated nine matches without victories.
“I felt OK because it wasn’t long ago since I played my last match,” said Banega, who made his professional debut in Boca. “I think we played a good match because he had scoring chances, but we failed to score. Although we wanted to win, it’s not a bad result because we had Boca in front.”
Boca, which got poor results during the summer pre-season — including two defeats and a draw against River Plate — showed some improvements, especially in defence, but failed to find the net. Carlos Bianchi’s side almost took the victory home in injury time, when Argentina international Fernando Gago’s shot went close to the left post defended by goalkeeper Nahuel Guzmán. “We could have scored in the first half. They dominated the ball in the second, but we were better in attack,” said coach Bianchi. “It’s important to keep our goal in zero, but it’s also important to score so we can win.”
New signings Hernán Grana and Juan Forlín played in the first team for Boca, while Diego Perotti, who signed with the club on Thursday, was not part of the squad. The team did not count on its star Juan Román Riquelme, who is not fully fit to play yet.
Earlier yesterday, Rosario Central took an important 1-0 victory at Quilmes with a goal scored by Hernán Encina in the 34th minute.
River Plate and Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata were playing last night at press time at the Monumental stadium.
Herald with agencies