Carrizo had received all the goalkeeping hype pre-match, but Lucchetti was immense in goal for Boca. Flawless on crosses, and made excellent saves from Funes Mori and Pavone.
A quiet game from the right back, who focused on defending more than his offensive game in a Boca side set up for the break. Solid throughout, but blotted his copybook with a late expulsion.
One of the stars of the Boca team. Tireless up and down the left flank, Monzon made a heroic stop on the line to deny Pavone and also put the pressure on Carrizo to force his uncharacteristic error.
The ex-Argentinos man, along with Lucchetti was unflappable at the back. Countless crucial tackles, interceptions and headers were made by Caruzzo, proving why he is considered one of the best defenders in Argentina
Overshadowed by Caruzzo, but still a very accomplished display. A stricter referee however could well have given a handful of penalties against him, after some very borderline conduct at River’s numerous set-pieces.
Pochi did not shine, but combined well at times with Riquelme in a game which favoured lightning attacks over his more-measured style of play. Several good passages of play, and did not shy away from going toe-to-toe with Almeyda
The ex-Velez man was muted and had trouble keeping tabs on Lamela when the youngster opened up on a trademark run from deep. Otherwise a solid display from the stopper.
The legend was not as decisive as is usually the case in the Superclasico, which is encouraging for a team which had previously looked worryingly dependent on Roman. The high tempo did not suit him, but his free kick led to Palermo’s landmark goal.
It is almost churlish to talk about Palermo’s overall performance: like he has done time and again for Boca he turned up at the right time to score as only he knows how. Given an outstanding reception by his home fans on being substituted, and he deserved all the praise in his final clasico.
An all-action, tireless display from ‘Pablito’. He gave young Pereyra a torrid time down the right, and provided the corner which led to the first goal. Only a couple of squandered chances late on with the game all but won was a negative for the striker.
Colazo struggled early on against River’s potent midfield, though he gained confidence as the game progressed and ended up matching his rivals ball for ball. An exquisite flick for Mouche almost provided a third.
Disaster for the goalkeeper, as he gifted the lead to Boca on 28 minutes by inexplicably deflecting a corner into his own net. Was powerless to act on the second, and made a couple of good saves later on but the damage was done.
Along with the rest of the River defence the Paraguayan was caught completely flat-footed by the second goal, and looked nervous at times. On a couple of occasions though, he had a legitimate shout for a penalty.
The ex-Boca defender was a doubt all week, and Lopez’s gamble backfired as he managed barely 20 minutes before coming off.
Ferrero and his defensive partners kept Boca on a tight leash for most of the encounter, but failed when it counted to condemn River to a painful defeat.
The wing-back was almost completely overshadowed by Monzon, and struggled to show any sort of potency down the right.
Started strongly, but let his head get lost as the frustration set in- unforgivable for a player of his experience. Lost it completely in injury time and was sent off, and could face further punishment after making gestures to jeering Boca fans.
The best player for River, and was a constant danger running from deep. Let down by a flat forward line, but should have done more from dead-ball situations as River racked up the corners and free kicks.
Why Lopez plumped for the young striker ahead of Manuel Lanzini is a mystery. Another blunt, ineffective display compounded by his tendency to fall to ground at the first sign of contact. Did force one save from Lucchetti in the first half.
A typical performance from ‘El Tanque’- limitless heart, sacrifice and aggression, coupled with a distinct lack of finesse in front of goal. Was unlucky to be denied by Monzon on the line.
The youngster tried his heart out, but struggled against the terrier-like running of Mouche down the right and as a result spent a large proportion of the game pinned back in his own half.