Central comes from behind to sink Boca
ROSARIO — Boca Juniors, which was winning 1-0, suffered another disappointing defeat yesterday in its 2-1 loss at Rosario Central and made worse its poor present after losing the Superderby last weekend.
Striker Emanuel Gigliotti scored in the 13th minute for Carlos Bianchi’s side, which seemed confident and to recover from its defeat against River Plate. However, Franco Niell, in the 71st, and Alejandro Donatti, in the 75th, gave the victory for the host to give more problems to Boca.
With this result, the Xeneize, which accumulates four games without wins, continues with 12 points, nine behind leader Colón and far from the rest of the title contenders. Central has 15.
It was an even first half at the Gigante de Arroyito stadium, but the visitors made the difference when Gigliotti, in off-side position that referee Alejandro Rapallini did not see, sent the ball home.
With the goal, Boca played a more defensive style and waited for the attacks from the opponents to recover the ball and then counter-attack them. The match became more attractive in the second half, especially because Boca had more scoring chances and Central attacked with Antonio Medina, Niell and Uruguayan Sebastián Abreu. In the 55th minute, Argentina international midfielder Fernando Gago had his opportunity to seal the victory for Bianchi’s team, but his shot hit the crossbar.
When the game seemed to be controlled by Boca, Central woke up and found the equalizer, with Abreu assisting Niell and the forward netting the goal.
Miguel Ángel Russo’s side, which will visit its arch rival Newell’s Old Boys on Sunday to play the Rosario derby, took advantage of the morale boost after the goal and scored the winner four minutes later, when after several rebounds, Donatti dominated the ball and sent it home for the joy of the local fans.
Since Bianchi’s return to Boca, the team played 25 away games and only won three, drew eight and lost 14.
“We didn’t seal the win when we could, we made mistakes and we lost. We had three or four clear scoring chances and we didn’t score,” said coach Bianchi. “It’s not normal to give our opponents a chance to recover.”
Herald with agencies