Final tournamentMonday, May 12, 2014
Boca wins in Riquelme’s night
‘I’ll see what happens, but I’m going to play until my 40s,’ says playmaker
Juan Román Riquelme received an ovation before, during and after the match that could have been his last at La Bombonera stadium with the blue and gold jersey. Boca defeated Lanús 3-1 to continue with its positive run.
Boca Juniors clinched its fourth straight victory yesterday in its 3-1 win over Lanús at La Bombonera stadium where the fans chanted during the whole match supporting their idol Juan Román Riquelme, who could have played his last game with the blue and gold jersey right before their eyes.
The 36-year-old playmaker’s contract ends in June when the Final Tournament finishes and club officials have not decided to extend it yet.
“I’ll see what happens, but I’m going to play until my 40s,” said Riquelme after the match. “I have a bet with my brother, I know that it’ll be hard, but I’m going try it. We will see if it’s going to be here (Boca) or another place.”
Riquelme received an ovation before, during and after the game, and the fans requested the renewal of his contract chanting “Riquelme plays in Boca, and from Boca he won’t go.”
Emanuel Gigliotti, Nicolás Colazo and Carlos Riaño netted for Carlos Bianchi’s side, which accumulated 29 points and, despite a poor start of the tournament, still has a chance to win the title (at least before River Plate’s match against Argentinos Juniors last night at press time).
Uruguayan Santiago Silva, a former Boca striker, scored for Lanús, coached by Guillermo Barros Schelotto, another Boca idol who also received an ovation from the supporters.
Barros Schelotto said that the second line-man Juan Vázquez “harmed us a lot” during the whole match.
“The second line-man harmed us a lot. I don’t know if he is dishonest or incapable, but he harmed us.”
The coach was upset because Gigliotti was in off-side position in Boca’s first goal.
“There are rules that they have to obey,” added Barros Schelotto. “I don’t want to justify the defeat with the referee (Andrés Merlos) performance, but there were mistakes.”
In fact, the former forward was right. Gigliotti was in off-side position in the 51st minute when he scored and the goal should not have been awarded.
Silva quickly equalized two minutes later with a header, but Boca took the lead again in the 55th with a goal netted by Colazo.
Bianchi’s team dominated during the rest of the game, which was a real party for Riquelme. The host sealed the victory in the 72nd, when Riaño scored his second goal since he arrived to the club.
Riquelme was substituted one minute before the end of the match to receive a standing ovation from the fans.
His last match with Boca could be next week when it visits Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata.
Yesterday, Bianchi’s team was: Agustín Orión; Hernán Grana, Daniel Díaz, Juan Forlín, Emanuel Insúa; Cristian Erbes, Pablo Ledesma, Colazo; Riquelme; Juan Manuel Martínez and Gigliotti.
Lanús played with: Agustín Marchesín; Alejandro Silva, Matías Martínez, Carlos Izquierdoz, Nicolás Pasquini; Diego González, Jorge Ortiz, Fernando Barrientos; Jorge Valdez Chamorro, Santiago Silva and Marcos Astina.
Earlier, Belgrano could not beat Arsenal de Sarandí as they drew 0-0 and missed its chance to qualify for the South American Cup.
At the Mario Kempes stadium in Córdoba, the host was the best side, but failed to turn its superior possession into goals.
Lucas Zelarrayán had two clear scoring chances to break the draw with a shot that hit the right post and a header that went close to the same post.
Herald with agencies