Ruben Ramirez netted two first-half goals as Godoy Cruz spoiled Julio Falcioni's debut
The hype in Argentina surrounding Boca Juniors has been going on for months. The historic club is considered the favourite to take home the Clausura title in 2011 by many. On Sunday, Godoy Cruz may have changed that perception.
Behind a brilliant tactical performance by the visitors, Godoy Cruz dismantled Boca for a 4-1 victory in Buenos Aires.
A lack of effort from the home team, despite numerous chances on goal, resulted in three points for Godoy.
Boca, however, almost struck first seven minutes in thanks to a low shot from Martin Palermo, who received the ball after a tricky combination by Pablo Mouche and Jose Calvo. 'El Loco' was able to slide to the ground and get off a shot that was saved by Sebastian Torrico to his left.
As the match gained form, Godoy Cruz were constantly looking to play forward Ruben Ramirez, who would come back to the midfield for the ball to start the attack.
As Godoy was failing to create quality chances, they decided to play the ball more down the wing instead.
After a cross from outside the box 15 minutes in, Javier Garcia failed to grab the ball, letting it slip to his left. With the ball in the air, Ramirez powerfully headed it to the near post to put 'El Expreso' up 1-0.
Minutes later, defender Emir Faccioli sent in a cross that was mishandled by Garcia, again. The ball fell right to the head of Nicolas Sanchez who scored on the open net but was ruled offside.
Boca, who could not get organized defensively, planned to get the ball to Mouche on the right side to allow the quick forward to work his magic by getting the ball to Palermo. The team had several chances but failed to take any early on.
As 'Los Xeneizes' went in search of the tying goal, Godoy Cruz did not let down. Pablo Miranda, who gained possession down the right corner, sent in a low, powerful cross to the middle of the box where Ramirez was able to get behind Matias Caruzzo and drill it home for the 2-0 advantage, sending La Bombonera into silence.
As Boca tried to make adjustments for the second half, Godoy stuck to the same recipe: expose the defence of Boca.
As the home team continued to play uninspired football, playing lazy in the back, the team from Mendoza would make matters worse.
Godoy would add to the misery as Miranda would find Adrian Torres with a cross to the back post where the forward, who beat Calvo, would direct the ball into the goal for the 3-0 lead.
As new manager Julio Falcioni's debut became one to forget, the club from La Boca would get one back.
Riquelme passed the ball into the box to Clemente Rodriquez. It fell to new signing Walter Erviti who placed it to the upper-right corner for the goal seven minutes in.
From that point, Boca tested Godoy but without results. A Palermo shot was sent into the stands. A Mouche run was halted by the defenders. Riquelme's free kick went a metre over the bar. Nothing was going right for Boca all night long.
Carlos Sanchez would add a late goal with a solo effort in stoppage time to add to the embarrassment, beating Garcia to his left from six metres out.After a stunning debut in the league, Godoy will look to do the same on Thursday against LDU Quito in the Copa Libertadores before hosting San Lorenzo on Monday.
Boca travels to face Racing in Avellaneda on Sunday
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