The two elder statesmen of the Boca side are overjoyed with a 2-0 home victory over bitter rivals River PlateBoca Juniors' veteran stars Juan Roman Riquelme and Martin Palermo were thrilled with the team's Superclasico triumph over River Plate, and 'El Titan' was especially delighted having scored in his last ever clasico before retiring in June.
An own goal from Juan Pablo Carrizo and Palermo's header gave the Xeneixe a 2-0 advantage in the first half, which it managed to hold on to in order to confirm a repetition of the score in the 2010 Clausura. Boca move up to within touching distance of the Copa Sudamericana places as a result, while River languish near the relegation zone.
Speaking to reporters after the game, Palermo fought back the tears as he explained how important the game was to him.
“I could not ask for more, I dreamed all my life of a game as special as this one. From the man above or my guardian angel who has watched over me my entire life, I could not possibly ask for more,” the striker confessed as he was quizzed on the side of the Bombonera pitch. His words were echoed by Riquelme.
"We needed a win, for the fans and for us as well. The fans are happy and so are we, look at all this, this is who we play for," the number 10 stated, pointing up at the Boca popular.
"It has not been a classic match, but we won and that's fine. We were better and we won."
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