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June 28, 2012 1:55 AM BST
Estadio Alberto Jacinto Armando — Ciudad de Buenos Aires
Referee:‬ E. Osses‎
 
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Juan Román Riquelme
Juan Román Riquelme
Boca Juniors
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Boca Juniors 1-1 Corinthians: Romarinho grabs late equaliser to level the tie

Romarinho's 85th minute equaliser cancelled out Facundo Roncaglia's earlier goal as Corinthians snatch a late leveler in the first leg of the Copa Libertadores final

By Tom Beck

Romarinho - Corinthians
Eduardo Viana

Romarinho’s late goal snatched an equaliser for Corinthians at La Bombonera to leave both sides with it all to play for next week in the second leg of the Copa Libertadores final. Boca Juniors were the more adventurous of the two sides throughout the match and deservedly took the lead through Facundo Roncaglia late in the second half. However, Romarinho stunned the home crowd scoring a well-taken goal with just five minutes to play.

 

Santiago Silva’s blocked overhead kick in the first half was the game’s best opening, in a match of very few clear-cut chances, until Roncaglia finally broke the deadlock. Boca consistently looked to press forwards and take the game to their Brazilian rivals, however, were caught out in the final few minutes by Romarinho’s dramatic equaliser.

 

Under an electrifying atmosphere in La Bombonera, Rolando Schiavi almost grabbed an early lead within the first 70 seconds when he headed over from a Juan Roman Riquelme free kick. Moments later, Corinthians’ Paulinho also went close from a long drive. The sought-after midfielder broke from midfield and hit a rasping drive from 30-yards bringing a wonderful two-handed save from Agustin Orion in the Boca net.

 

Boca looked dominant but they were not potent enough during their spell of pressure. Santiago Silva’s acrobatic overhead kick was blocked on the goal line by Leandro Caston following good work from Pablo Mouche on the right wing as the Xeneizes looked to take the initiative, yet both sides went into the break even.

 

The home side returned from the interval and began to test Cassio Ramos’ goal. Initially Riquelme blazed over the bar from the edge of the box and then Pablo Mouche failed to take his chance, when slipped in by Riquelme, as he shot straight at the Corinthians stopper.

 

Finally, with just fifteen minutes left to play, Boca Juniors broke the deadlock and deservedly took the lead. Pablo Mouche’s corner was swung to the back post before being headed back towards goal by Matias Caruzzo. Santiago Silva redirected the header towards goal before Facundo Roncaglia tapped in at the far post as the ball rebounded back off the post. Replayed showed Chicao had handled the ball on the goal line, however the goal stood.

 

Following the goal, Corinthians began to press men forward for the first time in the match in search of an equaliser. With less than five minutes to play, 21-year-old Romarinho grabbed a late goal to draw the tie level. Paulinho played the ball forward from midfield to Emerson, who turned smartly before laying the ball through to Romarinho inside the box to calmly clip the ball over the grounded Orion with his first ever touch in the Copa Libertadores.

 

There was still time for more drama as Boca hit the crossbar in stoppage time. Clemente’s lofted cross landed at the back post and Lucas Viatri struck a thunderous header against the woodwork. As the ball rebounded off the post, substitute Dario Cvitanich was unable to correct his footing as the ball bobbled wide.

 

Corinthians will be the happier of the two sides to return to Sao Paulo with the scores still level. Julio Falcioni will undoubtedly feel hard done by following his team’s dominance throughout the match. The two sides will play out the second leg of the final at the Pacaembu next Wednesday.

                                                                                                                            



Boca Juniors

1
Agustí­n Orión
Goalkeeper
3.00
-
Rolando Schiavi
Defender
2.50
-
3.00
-
Matías Caruzzo
Defender
3.00
4
3.50
10
3.00
-
W. Erviti
Midfielder
3.00
8
Pablo Ledesma
Midfielder
82′
3.50
15
Leandro Somoza
Midfielder
3.50
9
2.50
-
Pablo Mouche
Striker
87′
3.00

Corinthians

3.00
12
Cássio
Goalkeeper
3.00
-
Alessandro
Defender
2.00
3
Chicão
Defender
74′
2.50
5
3.00
6
3.00
12
Alex
Midfielder
92′
1.50
20
Danilo
Midfielder
83′
2.50
5
Ralf
Midfielder
3.50
8
Paulinho
Midfielder
2.50
23

Substitutes

13
 - 
2
Franco Sosa
Defender
 - 
26
 - 
28
 - 
26
Diego Rivero
Midfielder
82′
 - 
-
 - 
12
 - 
-
 - 
-
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
1
Julio César
Goalkeeper
 - 
15
Marquinhos
Defender
 - 
14
Wallace
Defender
92′
 - 
-
Weldinho
Defender
 - 
-
Willian Arão
Midfielder
 - 
10
Douglas
Midfielder
 - 
9
Élton
Striker
 - 
31
Liedson
Striker
39′
3.50
31
Romarinho
Striker
83′ 85′

Coach/Manager

Coach/Manager

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Tite
Coach
 
  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Julio Dos Santos Julio Dos Santos
Midfielder
Cerro Porteño
5 3
J. Sornoza J. Sornoza
Midfielder
Independiente del Valle
4 3
Gustavo Javier Canales Gustavo Javier Canales
Striker
Unión Española
4 2
Mauro Boselli Mauro Boselli
Striker
Leon
4 1
Luis Miguel Escalada Luis Miguel Escalada
Striker
Emelec
4 0