Boca drew goalless against Defense and Justice in La Bombonera

Boca Juniors could not with a Defense and Justice who went to the Bombonera to look for the three points but, like the group led by Sebastián Battaglia, had to settle for a 0 to 0 final “inconvenient” for both, which also meant the loss of the The first two points lost by the new coach “xeneize” since he replaced Miguel Ángel Russo four games ago.

Boca and Defensa y Justicia were in this meeting corresponding to the twelfth date of the LPF championship, two teams with reminiscences of the recent past, the first and a line of play that is maintained in time, the second.

And this was especially seen in the second period of a match in which the dapper play of Florencio Varela’s men prevailed in several passages over that motley stance of those led by Sebastián Battaglia.

It is that in the first half, when Boca managed to neutralize the usual ball circulation of Sebastián Beccacece’s team through some passages and went in search of the game, he clearly arrived a couple of opportunities, although always from the aerial game, instance in the one that first missed the opening of the marker Norberto Briasco and then Luis Vázquez, whose header bounced off the left post.

On the other hand, the options available to Defense and Justice during that initial stage always came as a product of plays made with the ball at ground level, and from there it was that two clear opportunities were also generated at the feet of Gabriel Hachén first and Francisco Pizzini, with a shot to the left post of the Boca goal as well.

But in the second stage Battaglia had two changes with the income of the sprinter Cristian Pavón for the point guard Aaron Molinas and of the Colombian Frank Fabra for the admonished Agustín Sández, and then the “xeneize” team was much more similar to what his predecessor, Miguel Ángel Russo, used to plant.

That is why the close reminiscences in time for Boca, who definitely ended up betting after the initial quarter of an hour for the counterattack, leaving the “Falcon” to be the one who monopolized the control of the ball.

Therefore, while Defense and Justice “fell” the ideas, sometimes well executed and others not so much, on the side of Boca the opposite happened, since the proposal was to recover as far as possible from the ex-archer of Florencio’s team Varela, Agustín Rossi, and search with long balls to the fast Briasco and Pavón.

While another former, in this case from Boca, like Walter Bou, entering and leaving the local area puzzled a Boca defense in which Marcos Rojo sometimes stayed halfway when he tried an offensive excursion, such as averaging the Complementary stage when he even threw a rabona as in the selection of the World Cup in Brazil against Bosnia, but attacking, which led to danger.

Is that the ball hit the back of Vázquez and the rebound Cristian Medina finished off with the open goal and goalkeeper Ezequiel Unsaín shone by deflecting to the corner, in the only risky action that Boca generated in the last 45 minutes.

Meanwhile the visit, with the entry of Miguel Merentiel, who fitted in very well with Pizzini and Bou, every time he attacked with the dominated ball, he caused anxiety to the last line “xeneize” in the vicinity of Rossi’s area.

But the lack of specificity of Defense and Justice and Boca’s offensive insufficiency resulted in a 0 to 0 “harmful” for both, because Battaglia could not add three points for the first time in four matches since he replaced Russo and Beccacece ve as his team is still far from the positions fighting for a better place for the future.

For Boca, who is ninth in this championship and also in the Annual Table, in this one five units from the last one that is entering the Libertadores 2022, which is Lanús, the chances of searching in this match ended when Battaglia decided to take out the Molinas was the only one who gave him a football quota.

And for Defense and Justice, which is twelfth in this Professional League and nineteenth in the Annual Table, the intention of having continuity at the international level is for the moment being too tortuous.


Boca Juniors: Agustín Rossi; Marcelo Weigandt, Carlos Izquierdoz, Marcos Rojo and Agustín Sandez; Diego González, Jorman Campuzano and Juan Ramírez; Aaron Molinas; Luis Vázquez and Norberto Briasco. DT: Sebastián Battaglia.

Defense and Justice: Ezequiel Unsain; Adonis Frías, Nicolás Tripicchio and Alexis Soto; Nazareno Colombo, Gabriel Hachen, Kevin Gutiérrez and Carlos Rotondi; Francisco Pizzini, Rodrigo Contreras and Walter Bou. DT: Sebastián Beccacece.

Changes in the second half: At the beginning of Miguel Merentiel for Contreras (DJ), 13m. Cristian Pavón for Molinas (BJ) and Frank Fabra for Sández (BJ), 19m. Raúl Loaiza for Hachén (DJ), 29m. Nicolás Orsini for Vázquez (BJ) and Cristian Medina for González (BJ); 38m. Exequiel Zeballos for Briasco (BJ); 45m. Lucas Barrios for Bou (DJ) and Braian Rivero for Pizzini (DJ).

Admonished: Sández (BJ). Tripicchio (DJ).

Court: Boca Juniors.

Referee: Ariel Penel.

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