Despite being reduced to 10 men in the 40th minute, Boca managed to hold on and limit Velez's opportunities to take what may prove to be a vital draw away from the game
Boca Juniors and Velez played out a very even and measured game at La Bombonera, as the hosts dropped points to Newell’s Old Boys at the top of the league.
Throughout the 90 minutes, both sides failed to break down their opponents, with both defences making crucial interceptions or challenges as the opposition moved closer to breaking the deadlock. Rolando Schiavi shone in a well-organised and professional performance from the aged centre back.
In the first fourty five minutes, Pablo Mouche caused the most problems for the Velez back four as he ran very directly and with pace, threatening whenever he managed to find a free yard. Clemente Rodriguez also impressed, as he forayed into the Velez half constantly down the left flank.
However, both sides were limited to few openings throughout the half as Boca set out to restrict their opponents, whilst Velez struggled to find their feet and failed to find gaps in the Boca Juniors defence.
Moments before the half time interval, Boca Juniors found themselves reduced to 10 men as Facundo Roncaglia was deservedly shown a straight red for a dangerous two-footed lunge on Federico Insua.
Following the break, Boca emerged positively and took the game to Velez, with Juan Roman Riquelme heavily influential in manufacturing little openings for the two men in front of him, Dario Cvitanich and Pablo Mouche. These two forwards linked well in the 50th minute when, following a corner, the ball fell to Cvitanich on the right of the box. He cut inside onto his left and floated a cross to the back post for Mouche to head down and narrowly wide of the post.
However, following this surge of attacking play from Boca at the beginning of the second half, Velez began to turn the screw and kept possession well in the final third. El Fortin went close when Martinez played in a great ball from the right wing, only to see Zapata completely miscue his header from inside the 6-yard box.
Despite testing Agustin Orion twice from long-range, once from Ivan Bella and once from Federico Insua, Velez continued to be frustrated as Boca held their own despite playing the majority of the match with a player less. With less than 10 minutes still to play, Velez looked the more likely of the two sides to grab a late winner as the 10 men of Boca began to tire but the visitors were unable to find a way through a very compact defensive unit and had to settle for a draw.
Boca Juniors ended week 14 in second place in the Primera following this result after failing to match Newell’s Old Boys’ victory on Saturday. Velez Sarsfield moved up one position to 5th in the league, just three points from the top of the league in what is turning into a very congested and exciting table with just five games remaining this Clausura.