Soccer - Final tournamentMonday, April 7, 2014
Boca ends four-match win-less run
Hammers Godoy Cruz 3-0 with goals from Gigliotti (2) and Riquelme
With goals scored by Emanuel Gigliotti (two) and Juan Román Riquelme, Boca Juniors ended a negative run of four games without victories with a 3-0 win over Godoy Cruz at home.
Boca Juniors, which came from two straight defeats and four matches without victories, returned to win yesterday after defeated Godoy Cruz 3-0 at La Bombonera stadium in a match for the 12th round of the Final Tournament.
Captain Juan Román Riquelme returned to the first team after missing the last match against Rosario Central and put his team ahead yesterday with a penalty in the eighth minute. Striker Emanuel Gigliotti doubled the difference in the 48th and sealed the victory in the 81st, also with a penalty.
With this result, Carlos Bianchi’s side accumulated 15 points and ended the negative run that included a 2-1 home defeat against its arch rival River Plate in the Superderby. Godoy Cruz stayed with 19 points and continued in the relegation zone.
At La Bombonera, Boca was the dominant side since the beginning with Riquelme leading the team. The playmaker assisted Juan Manuel Martínez, who was fouled inside the box by Godoy Cruz goalkeeper Jorge Carranza. Referee Diego Ceballos showed the yellow card to the goalie and awarded a penalty for the host, which Riquelme took to put his side ahead.
Boca doubled the difference in the third minute of the second half, when Juan Forlín won the ball and started a counter-attack, which finished with Gigliotti leaving behind Carranza and scoring.
The host sealed the victory with another penalty nine minutes before the end of the match. Nicolás Colazo received the ball and was fouled by Carranza, who was sent off with a second yellow card. This time, Gigliotti was in charge of the penalty and changed it for a goal, his fifth in the tournament.
“You can win or lose, we don’t have to be so dramatic, this is soccer,” said Riquelme after the game. “We wanted to win for the people, that’s why we are so happy. We will also try to win against Colón (in Santa Fe next round).”
Boca played with: Agustín Orión; Hernán Grana, Daniel Díaz, Forlín, Emanuel Insúa; Fernando Gago, Federico Bravo, Colazo; Riquelme; Martínez and Gigliotti.
The visitors’ team was: Carranza; Lucas Ceballos, Nicolás Sánchez, Sebastián Olivares, Leandro Grimi; Gonzalo Castellani, Diego Rodríguez, Claudio Aquino, José Luis Fernández; Gonzalo Díaz and Mauro Óbolo.
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