Boca Juniors' Riquelme: We will qualify for Libertadores knockouts

The Argentine club's 36-match unbeaten run ended thanks to goals from Fred and Deco, but Roman still holds out hope of progress in South America's premier club competition
Juan Roman Riquelme has played down the impact of Boca Juniors' home defeat to Fluminense in the Copa Libertadores, and believes that despite an indifferent start to the competition his team are still likely to make the last 16.

After drawing 0-0 to Zamora in their opening Group 4 fixture, the Buenos Aires giants saw a 36-game unbeaten run come to an end in the Bombonera.

Leandro Somoza's goal raised hopes of a draw after Fred had put the Flu into the lead, but Deco secured three points for the leaders with his winner to leave the Xeneixe with just one point from a possible six.

Speaking after the final whistle, however, Roman assured listeners that his team were still alive and kicking in the competition.

"We are very confident that we still qualify. It is the only thing on our minds," the 33-year-old playmaker told reporters after the match.

The former Argentina international recognised the quality of Wednesday's victors, but maintained that his men were unlucky to have tasted defeat.

"We faced a team that has players of the highest quality, but we deserved to draw the game.

"Boca had more chances than in any other game and we lost, football is like that. We are hurting from the defeat, but if we are lucky enough to play as we did in the last 10 minutes of the first half and in the second, we are going to keep winning games."

The Argentines resume domestic duties at the weekend, when they take on Independiente in the Libertadores de America.